Saturday, September 10, 2005

Firefox vs. IE :: David vs. Goliath

The war just tightened. Mozilla Firefox has released the beta of the next major release - version 1.5.

Initial review: It's definitely fast compared to the previous version, and it's extremely lite after its completely loaded. I actually find it extremely fast, but I wouldn't harp on it coz I've already been accused of being biased! The difference is visible within a first few clicks. Needless to have a comparison with IE. Being a Firefox enthusiast, I'd really endorse the statement in their website: Firefox is better than IE by leaps and bounds.

Some background if you are new to browser wars: Firefox was the first browser to capture a 10% browser market share after the Netscape heydays, according to this website. It was gaining a dreamy 1% additional market share every month, until it hit some security bugs last month. You know its a big thing when big shots (like Adrants) start complaining about the absence of support for Firefox in some websites.

The best part about all this competition is that companies are rarely given some time to sleep. Given the 95%+ market share that IE was holding, it's anyone's guess that it can become complacent. But not yet! I'm yet to try other browsers such as Safari.

4 Comments:

At Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:58:00 PM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

its only when there are more than 2 players that consumers can benefit, and hopefully more browers will manage to join the race,finally microsoft has some competition

 
At Sunday, September 11, 2005 11:04:00 PM, Anonymous kamesh said...

I can't wait for the official release of firefox 1.5. bring it on :-)

 
At Monday, September 12, 2005 2:36:00 AM, Blogger Govar said...

@Vatsan: I agree, but the diff b/w 1 player and 2 players is quite huge...

@Kamesh: Me too...

 
At Saturday, September 17, 2005 1:06:00 AM, Blogger Mirage said...

I am not a big fan of IE but exploits & vulnerabilities are catching up with Firefox with its increasing popularity day by day...

IE is THE BROWSER for the masses in general and firefox is popular within the system & software community only. hence i guess it will be a herculean task for firefox to catch up with IE in the browser market in the near future.

 

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