Why are you still using Internet Explorer 6.0? You know who you are. You’re that person that just uses whatever web browser came installed on your machine (you’re probably writing documents with Word Pad) and you keep saying “but it works.”
Sure, you’ll upgrade to IE 7.0 (which just came out) and be amazed by technology that has been around for years and think it’s new. Or maybe you’ll never get around to trying tabs, but there are many more features out there in the world of browsers that you’ll never see if you don’t take the plunge.
Firefox 2.0 is the latest web browser on the market and boasts more features “out of the box” than IE 7. This version of Firefox can be installed whether you have a previous version of Firefox or simply your old IE. After going through the quick setup wizard, you’ll be prompted to bring over your history and bookmarks from your other browser so you won’t lose anything!
My favorite new feature of Firefox 2.0 is “Microsoft Word” style spell checking. You know, the little red line under misspelled words that you can right click on and choose the correct spelling? No more clicking a button to check, this browser does it right away.
You also get some of the great functionality that were only previously found in extensions at your fingertips. One is that Firefox natively remembers all the tabs you had open the last time you were running, and opens them again the next time you run the web browser. You can pick up right where you left off.
Also, the free extension support on Firefox is amazing. I’m running multiple extensions right now. Everything from a status bar monitoring extension that shows me the current and forecasted weather to one that lets me look at web design elements on the fly. There’s even one that lets me run a given site in a tab that’s IE in case I bump into some site using unsecured ActiveX controls. We’ll cover what extensions to get and why in later episodes. (Though if you want to see some of the ones that I’m running, look at one of the pages of this site!)
So, what are you waiting for, go download Firefox 2.0 and see what’s different and better!