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Windows 7: IE vs. FireFox

28 Nov 2011   #11
MadSupra354

 

I recently switched to Firefox because I got sick of IE9 and it's terrible addon support. I think all the issues with IE9 are caused by it not using the webkit engine. Otherwise it's a very good browser. It's fast, the most secure by far and light on resources.
I believe Internet Explorer is for the person who doesn't care about addons.


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28 Nov 2011   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I could never get into Firefox because of all the quirks it had in usability. I'm also not a big fan of their multiple versions and various updates. To me, that says they spread themselves thin. I have no issues with IE9, and it is already on my system. I also have been tyring out Chrome, and I like that as well. To each his own, but I see Firefox losing a lot of popularity on various forums.
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29 Nov 2011   #13
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

How are there multiple versions of Firefox? There's only one Firefox (at least from Mozilla themselves) and it's either the latest version or it's older.
How are its updates any different from other software updates, including hotfixes for IE?
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29 Nov 2011   #14
greyhnd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've been using FF for several years and am now on the "beta channel" for updates/upgrades. There were some problems with FF a year or so ago and it was clunky and a pain to use. The newest version (ver. 9.0) works smoothly and is fast. The only complaint I have is that add-on developers don't always keep up with the new beta releases, which stops some of my add-ons/plugins from working. Doesn't happen with every update and as a whole doesn't make me want to change to something else.

I also keep IE9 on my machine and use it from time to time to make certain it's always up to date. I would agree with the others who said to try them both and make a decision you're comfortable with.
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29 Nov 2011   #15
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Personal preference - IE9 x64.

IMO, nothing comes close.
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30 Nov 2011   #16
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by greyhnd View Post
I've been using FF for several years and am now on the "beta channel" for updates/upgrades. There were some problems with FF a year or so ago and it was clunky and a pain to use. The newest version (ver. 9.0) works smoothly and is fast. The only complaint I have is that add-on developers don't always keep up with the new beta releases, which stops some of my add-ons/plugins from working. Doesn't happen with every update and as a whole doesn't make me want to change to something else.

I also keep IE9 on my machine and use it from time to time to make certain it's always up to date. I would agree with the others who said to try them both and make a decision you're comfortable with.
"beta channel"? I am running Moz's Nightly 11.0a1 and there is a work around for all the addons that are not yet certified. It is called compatibility reporter and it allows you (on any version of FF) to run any addon that works for FF (or Palemoon)
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30 Nov 2011   #17
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I think I will give Palemoon a try....after I do my next Acronis backup, of course. Couldn't hurt to have another browser onboard....I'm not even sure which variant if IE I have on here, to be honest.

Edit: Palemoon is just what I had hoped for.....all my bookmarks/add-ons, etc. transferred over nice as can be from my normal Firefox installation, so it's like using the same browser. It will be useful if my FF crashes, and if I have two browser windows open, FF on the primary monitor, Palemoon on the secondary....easier to keep track of what's what when I am Aero Peeking.
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30 Nov 2011   #18
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corazon View Post
How are there multiple versions of Firefox? There's only one Firefox (at least from Mozilla themselves) and it's either the latest version or it's older.
How are its updates any different from other software updates, including hotfixes for IE?
Have you really missed out on all the flack Firefox has been taking about their quick revisions and concurrent version numbers? Mozilla is still releasing updates for the 3.x versions, while moving all the way up to 8.x. It's been a running joke on most forums and tech news sites, prompting many to switch to Chrome for their alternative browser needs.

The updates aren't inline...meaning there's a current version...and then everything else. They are working on and updating several versions at once. I'm honestly extremely shocked that this comes as a surprise.
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24 Dec 2011   #19
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by greyhnd View Post
I've been using FF for several years and am now on the "beta channel" for updates/upgrades. There were some problems with FF a year or so ago and it was clunky and a pain to use. The newest version (ver. 9.0) works smoothly and is fast. The only complaint I have is that add-on developers don't always keep up with the new beta releases, which stops some of my add-ons/plugins from working. Doesn't happen with every update and as a whole doesn't make me want to change to something else.

I also keep IE9 on my machine and use it from time to time to make certain it's always up to date. I would agree with the others who said to try them both and make a decision you're comfortable with.
"beta channel"? I am running Moz's Nightly 11.0a1 and there is a work around for all the addons that are not yet certified. It is called compatibility reporter and it allows you (on any version of FF) to run any addon that works for FF (or Palemoon)
Past tense now as we recently discovered.
Damn!

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