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Just thought I'd stir things up a bit:

Which browser do you prefer: Netscape or InternetExplorer and why?

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In order of preference: Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Anything, IE. Why? Mozilla is a pretty good all-in-one: browser, tabs, email, contacts, WYSIWYG editor, configurable search engine, pop-up blocking, cookie management, Fire Fox is fast. Opera is fast, tabbed and paid-for. -- tr
I have been testing Mozilla Firefox lately (formerly Firebird, and Phoenix). http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ This is open source at .08 release. I find it better than Netscape, and a replacement for IE in most uses. Scott Finegan
We have people in our office that refuse to part with Netscape, even though they only use it for simple browsing. They insist it is superior to IE. My opinion is, that since IE version 5 was released, there is no reason to have another browser installed. Especially one that is slow and unruly and doesn't offer any clear advantages. I clutter my hard drive enough as it is with useless software. Now I suspect a holy war will ensue. Admittedly, I have not looked very closely at Netscape in quite some time. Please enlighten me if I am ignorant. My apologies in advance -- Randy Jean

Wow, it's interesting to read stuff I wrote a while back and even more interesting when I have "changed my tune". Since writing the above statement, I have played with the latest incarnations of Mozilla and must admit it is a most viable alternative to IE and does offer some advantages. That said, I still don't like the way some apps must be explicitly associated so for me it's kind of a toss-up between IE and Mozilla. I've also had Opera recommended but have not tried it out yet. -- Randy Jean

I'd second that IE5 has some critical (though largely unused) features which should put it over the top in Intranet / Internet development. How about built-in Xm L support and Vm L, which brings vector drawing to the Web? Vm L lets you draw and assign properties to lines and shapes, so your data can become graphs, maps, you name it. -- Steve Lackey
It's pretty hard to come up with a compelling case for using Netscape these days. (Unless you're the Federal Govt) This http://archive.webstandards.org/wfw/ns0700.html pretty much sums up the current state of affairs. I hope they can get their act together. - lc
It's not fair to Netscape; The whole situation with the huge corporation of Microsoft able to dump limitless money into a free (yet critical) piece of software, was simply not fair to netscape. The result is that IE5 (even IE4) is a much more capable, reliable web browser. What do you do, Boycott Microsoft for (unfairly) doing a better job? Put up with an inferior product while doing OUR jobs? Or (in essence) ignore the whole fairness issue and use the better tool because we can work better using it? THIS is why the government decided to step in and take action: In a market economy, everyone is doing what's best for themselves, fair or not. When the open source supporters (mozilla.org) get hungry, they'll work for food (money), and browse using IE because the site they need uses XML!!
- wgcs
You should check out Mozilla, it is much better than IE. The browser has built-in popup blocking, global password management, and tabbed browsing. It really is much nicer to open several tabs as opposed to several ie windows.
The only advantages to IE I can think of are FTP support (if you need lots of FTP features though you'd probably have a client thats better than IE anyways) and XML support. Besides that Mozilla plain a better browser. Plus the email client and newsgroup reader is better than Outlook and Outlook Express, so I've mostly ditched Microsoft's offerings in this space. Mozilla is a great environment, though they should be working on XML. ~ Mike Helland

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( Topic last updated: 2004.04.04 11:59:47 AM )