Today I finally got sick and tired of Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s glitchy, standards-uncompliant, security-hole-riddled, sub-functional browser. I have officially switched to Mozilla’s Firebird browser, and I’m here to testify that it’s the best browsing decision I’ve ever made. Here are a few reasons why you should switch:
- Microsoft is evil, and IE sucks. You probably don’t know how bad it sucks, because you, like most people, have always used IE and haven’t seen any other browser. But trust me, for many reasons–technie and non-techie–IE sucks.
- Mozilla is an open source softward project dedicated to fully complying with public internet standards. This is both morally preferable and, as a bonus, results in a faster browser that more accurately renders web pages.
- Tabbed browsing: once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never go back.
- Firebird comes stripped down, without a bunch of glitchy add-ons that you don’t want. If you want added functionality, there are hundreds of optional add-ons. But the basic browser is designed to be lean, mean, and fast.
- You can do quick searches from the address bar–searches of google, or dictionary.com, or amazon, etc.
- Firebird has a built-in pop-up blocker.
- It’s free.
There are other reasons, but I’ve geeked out enough. Downloading and installing it takes under two minutes. You’ll be glad you did. Try it (choose the “installer for windows” option).