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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Good."

    January 13, 2008  |   By Cheapster


    I'm grading on a curve here. Firefox isn't perfect, but is about the best web browser overall for use on Windows machines. Safari is faster, but a little short on features. Opera is more secure, but not as user friendly. IE is, well, a train wreck. (I'm not a Microsoft hater - I've just had a lot of trouble with IE7 malfunctions.)

    Firefox works better and more predictably with services like Google Docs and Zoho Office than the others do. Windows and tabs are easier to control, and the interface is just simpler. The extension and add-ons available mean those who have fits of geekness can load it up with every gadget and toolbar under the sun, or folk like me can keep it streamlined and plain. Installation was a snap, and it imported by bookmarks and homepage settings from IE.

    I used IE for a long time (don't laugh), but now I'm a Firefox convert. On my aging XP laptop, it just works better.


    Even using just a few of the bazillion third-party add-ons available can really slow the performance down, so choose carefully.

    If you don't want to keep Firefox and decide to uninstall it, it leaves a lot of files and registry key's behind. (Mozilla appears to be working on this for version 3.)

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