When I began browsing the Internet, I used Netscape Navigator. Not long after that I switched to Gate's ultimate weapon in the Internet war: Internet Explorer (IE). Starting with IE 4 I've used all the versions of IE including the latest available as this article posted: IE 7. While still using IE 6, I moved to Firefox and it became my main browser .
I love Firefox for its speed in page delivery and its tabbed browsing features. I hate having too many windows opened. But two things about Firefox annoy me: first, it starts so slowly; it takes forever on first loading. IE is much fast at this, bursting on screen like a rocket and ready to surf. I have no idea if this happens only to my PC. Second, sometimes when I'm working with Firefox open, I notice my PC's performance has become poor, as if something has consumed all the machines resources. When I open Task Manager, I see that Firefox is consuming over 90% of my processor. What the hell is she doing? I'm not downloading any files nor a page with huge images. My best guess is that the Fox is sending some data over the internet but have no idea what it is.
Right now I am upgrading from IE 6 to IE 7. Yes, I know it's a little bit late, but I was having compatibility issues anyway. First impression: it's cool man. I love the Vista style, the buttons, the colors, the icons. And, oh yeah, it has the tabbed browsing feature too. Great. Now I can open as many pages as I want in single window. But how about the speed? I don't find any significant improvement in IE's speed. It remains slower than Firefox. Try to open a page that has many thumbnails and the Fox remains the winner. It is just far faster. I am still using Windows XP, so that may have some effect.
The tabbed browsing feature in IE, although it is great, doesn't allow me to switch from one tab to another using my keyboard only (I hate the mouse). With the Fox I can do it by pressing Ctrl + PgUp or Ctrl + PgDn. With IE, its not as simple as that. Perhaps, I just haven't found the keyboard shortcut?
What I want from a browser is a light-weight, fast, small application file, not consuming too many resources and not sending any data behind my back. After comparing IE and Firefox, and although the Fox sometimes does something unpleasant to me, I guess I have no choice but to let it remain my main browser.Powered by Sidelines