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Mozilla Firefox vs. Internet Explorer – The Browser War Continues

Mozilla – Cornering the Market Share

Mozilla Firefox continues to pose the biggest threat as far as Internet Explorer is concerned. Firefox has successfully eaten away the market share of Internet Explorer over the years and for very good reasons too. Mozilla Firefox just happens to be a better browser when compared to Internet Explorer 5 or 6. When Internet Explorer 7 was released, however, it came with many of the features present in Firefox. IE 7 was also coupled with the Windows Vista OS.

Add-ons or Extensions of Firefox

Both Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer have their own advantages. The best part of Firefox is that its developer community keeps bringing out amazing browser add-ons or extensions. When users install these extensions, it makes the browser a very powerful app. Apart from its extensions or add-ons, Firefox is pretty strong even in its basic form, because of its powerful features.

Restoring Sessions

Firefox contains a Session Restore feature that is built in it. In the older versions of the browser, the extension for Session Restore had to be installed separately for obtaining the functionality. If the browser crashes suddenly or if there is a sudden shutdown, users can employ the option of restoring the tabs or the pages that were open when the browser shut down accidentally. This is a very attractive feature of Firefox.

Other Plus Points of Firefox

The Search bar allows you to send keywords to several search engines by default and the user can add several engines to the list. The browser also offers the feature of easy subscription to RSS feeds. The app loads very quickly and also loads web pages rather quickly, much faster than IE 7.

Pros of Internet Explorer 7

IE 7 offers a great improvement when compared to the earlier versions of Internet Explorer browser. It is available for use on Windows XP and Vista as well as Windows Server 2003. The browser comes with features of tabbed browsing as well as improved RSS feeds. It seems that IE has s slowly but surely caught up with other browsers and also with Mozilla at last.

IE also offers good security features and this seems to be especially true in case of offering protection against phishing. Both Firefox and IE have fallen prey to some attacks by hackers in the initial days. The IE 7 version also enables multiple searching through many search engines and encyclopedias, similar to Mozilla Firefox. You can also add some other search engines choosing from a given list. However, it is also very easy to create one’s own list of search engines in IE, which is not available in Firefox. In a few easy steps, users can install their own choices of search engines, whereas in case of Mozilla, users have to first create a plug in called OpenSearch in order to do the same.

Appearance and Feel

Internet Explorer 7 has a slim appearance, though it might take some to get used to the new look. Many of the buttons and the options are now hidden, but once you are familiar with the browser and know the location of all the features, the streamlined feature is quite attractive. The printing feature has also received an upgrade in IE 7, offering various options, such as customizing of headers and footers, adjusting margins and so on, which are also seen in Firefox. Yet, in IE, you also have options for multiple page previewing with a maximum of 12 pages and a shrinking feature of the web text, so that all the content appears on the printout.

Verdict

In the past, the obvious choice would have been to go in for Firefox, but this is no longer the case today. IE 7 brings in a lot of attractive features, but Firefox still has the lead, offering good security. Both browsers are now comparable as far as RSS feeds and tabs are concerned. If you like add-ons, you might prefer Firefox, whereas if you are a user of Windows Vista, IE might be a better choice.

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