Firefox Reviewed - a browser for Microsoft haters
Friday, December 10, 2004 11:48:57 PM
I understand a number of optional plug-ins are available offering card games and extra functions such as 'ieview' which adds "Open in internet explorer" to your right click menu. But this is hidden and only for enthusiasts who are happy and have time to play about searching through too many pointless plug-ins to find something of value.
Indeed. http://update.mozilla.org is painful to use. Getting new toolbar and menu setups for Opera from my.opera.com is even worse, but the difference is that Opera doesn't *need* those setups to become interesting.
If you have an aging PC and a 56 kbps modem Firefox may be for you. It will be a shorter download if you cant find a magazine with browser software stuck to its cover, and will use less of your disk space.
Nah, people with old hardware will certainly notice that Firefox is not faster than MSIE and Opera. Opera rules on older hardware.
And from the conclusion:
Firefox will probably succeed in achieving their 10% market share goal by the end of 2005 but that will be as far as it goes. IE will implement the very few enhancements Mozilla browsers offer and Firefox will remain a tool for consumers who dislike the prominence of Microsoft. Sadly, Firefox will become a greater threat to the more innovative Opera browser as users of this software have already demonstrated they are happy to change browser provider at the flick of an install now button.
Personally, I hope FF will reach beyond 10%, and that Opera will be able to convert Firefox users who want more without extension hassles. The new Firefox users will be those that that have also demonstrated willingness to try something new, after all!