One of the biggest reasons that I hear for people to not switch or even try Firefox is that certain banking institutions, company websites, or other sites that a user frequents rely on technology that is only available through Internet Explorer.
Not delving into the debate whether it’s good and ethical to create a need for only one company’s browser to work with sites or whether it’s poor design on the web authors to only support a proprietary piece of software, the fact of the matter is that there are still many of these sites out there. Enter IE Tab.
You see, if you are running Windows you have Internet Explorer installed whether you use the browser or not. It’s the technology behind “My Computer.” It’s the default tool that Windows developers can use if they want to throw a browser engine in a program– so it’s around.
So the great guys at mozdev provided us with a way to switch to the IE rendering engine from right within a Firefox tab! That way, if you come upon a site that will only display correctly in IE, with a click of the button your page works! You can also key in certain pages that will display in IE automatically in case you frequent that page.