Firefox 3 vs Internet Explorer 7
Okay, I gave it a shot. For roughly a month I used Firefox 3, hoping that by the third version they would have most of the bugs worked out- like the memory leak in Firefox 2, fully intending to use Firefox from this point out. Not that I've had any problems with Internet Explorer, but I wanted to take advantage of the many add-ons that exist for Firefox. My experience with Firefox 3 (not the beta, mind you) was not a positive one. I was only running a handful of Firefox 3 add-ons (all properly compatible with FF3) but experienced numerous and frequent problems, with the address bar becoming corrupted and repeating itself, with frequent crashes and lock ups where Firefox would become completely unresponsive for 10-20 seconds at a time. And yes, I've heard those that say well- the add-ons are causing that behavior, and that is true to a point, but not all. When I was experiencing issues, I would disable and/or remove all my add-ons, and frequently, the add-ons had no effect on the behavior. The sqlite file that contains cookie data in Firefox 3, became corrupted, so my cookies would clear after every browser exit even though that option was not checked. I had to track down and delete the file, then it recreated it and worked okay after that. But in my experience, Firefox is slower and less stable than Internet Explorer. Period. With or without add-ons. So, I'm going back to Internet Explorer 7, and eagerly awaiting the August release of Internet Explorer 8, beta 2. When Firefox 1 came out, IE6 did have security issues and lacked tabbed browsing, but since that time, IE has come a long way- it's added tabbed browsing, plugged the security holes, and with add-ons (yes they do exist) like IE7 Pro and others, you can make IE as powerful as Firefox, if not moreso, without the instability, and slow speeds of Firefox. Furthermore, IE8 will default to web standards, like Firefox, Opera, etc. but will still allow 'backwards compatibility' modes with IE7, and IE6, so you really can have the best of both worlds. I gave Firefox 3 an honest chance, but it's simply inferior to Internet Explorer 7, in my experience.