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pros and cons IE7 VS Firefox

By glennhmoss ·
Unlike in the past IE7 and Firefox have, to me, come in under the radar,this time.But who is the all around favorite?

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Not much difference.

by RMax304823 In reply to pros and cons IE7 VS Fire ...

Security issues aside, I don't notice much difference. I've used both in the past month. The most noticeable differences are minor ones. I've read reviews praising the "cool factor" of Firefox 2 but I'm unable to identify anything very cool about it. The tabs are useful. Some sites are available only through IE. The overall appearance is similar. IE 7 seems a little slower than Firefox, but then Firefox more often refuses to open anything other than a blank page.

Try them both, I guess.

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IE7 Vs Firefox 2

by bradsprimitives In reply to Not much difference.

For general browsing, maps, and searches I prefer Firefox since it loads faster. For our business stuff, IE7 is the only way to go for now since ALL WE use will only work with IE5 or "better"

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by glennhmoss In reply to IE7 Vs Firefox 2

Yes I tried IE7 too,but it does have issues with some programs.The company I work with has asked that we not download it for that reason.All in All they both do look a lot alike,personal preferance aside I guess i will stick with IE6 for now.

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Some differences

by taktech In reply to IE7

First, most of the modern tabbed browsers power is in the add-ons/extentions.

IE7 has only a fraction of FireFox's and most require you to buy them, verses hundreds in FireFox for nothing. On a recent system with IE7 installed, I could not get November's Microsoft patches. I had to download and install most manually. On all my other systems without IE7, I had no problems with patch Tuesday.

I support a small business needing IE for many sites they use for reference and in FireFox, I install two extentions: IE View, for establishing specific sites I want to come up in IE when I click a Bookmark or enter a URL. IE Tab, on the other hand allows me to switch the display engine on any tab to IE within the FireFox window with all the other tabs unaffected. With another extention of FireFox, Tab Mix Plus, I can have the horizonal scrolling of tabs like IE7, but that can become a problem when you have more than 7 tabs open. Tab Mix Plus allow for up to three scrollable rows of 8 or more tabs per row pending the minimum size of each tab you allow. Colorful Tabs allows for easy distinction of each tab in the window.

I have used two free add-ons in IE7 and one would not work right and I had to finally disable it and the other seems to work, but thats little added functionality compared with FireFox. But I was too quick to jump on FireFox 2 when it came out and many extentions I rely on were not available yet for version 2. That picture has been changing and will be using it more than 1.5.0.x version in the future.

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by glennhmoss In reply to Some differences

And yet we are creatures of habit!we are so ingrained with Windows and Microsoft that to completely breakaway from them is hard to do.
Unless you are A "MAC" user which I never have been or Linux or any other OS theirs always that dependency on IE.

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Keyboard commands in Firefox

by aa3805 In reply to pros and cons IE7 VS Fire ...

While it may be a small feature, I prefer Firefox because it has a keyboard command to open new tabs. With Firefox, I can open the selection menu with a right click and then press "t" to get the tab to open. With IE7, I need to mouse down to the "open tab" choice, a process that takes much more time when I'm opening multiple tabs to evaluate my students' group work.

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ActiveX and Javascript

by tkeller In reply to pros and cons IE7 VS Fire ...

I tend to not use IE simply because of ActiveX and Javascript. I use it only if absolutely required. IE has some nice features, but those two security concerns bug me. I prefer Firefox - no ActiveX at all - using the NoScript extension.

Yes, you can disable ActiveX and scripts in IE, but it's such an all or nothing proposition. NoScript lets you selectively tailor script permissions on a page-by-page basis. If you use Firefox, you should be using this extension.

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