When the World Wide Web was born, Mozilla’s graphical web browser was the first to exploit the true power of a web browser.
Then, for years (nearly a decade), Internet Explorer was the de facto standard web browser (mostly due to its being installed on every Windows PC on the planet by its creator, Microsoft). But for the past few years, computer users in the “know” have chosen Mozilla’s Firefox.
They’ve chosen Firefox because it’s safer, more secure, faster, and more easily personalized to each user’s taste. A few features that lend themselves well to Internet “power users” are tabs, extensions, and themes.
Now, we’re not big on themes; we don’t care to mess with the appearance of this browser. Where we get really interested is in the area of performance.
Not only is Firefox demonstrably faster at rendering web pages compared to Internet Explorer, it’s super customizable to fit our needs.
In short, we LOVE tabbed browsing and we really LOVE extensions.
Instead of having to open multiple instances of the browser, if we wanted to view another web page, we can simply open another tab (Control-T) and scroll through the tabs any time we wish. This is a productivity enhancer beyond reproach.
Note that the latest version of IE has tabs. However, it took Microsoft years to meet the tab challenge, and they’re not quite there even now.
But the best thing about Firefox is its HUGE supply of productivity-enhancing extensions. Extensions are best described as “add-ons” to the browser that are like little programs that let the browser do more for you. As an example, one of our favorite extensions is AI Roboform toolbar, which is a toolbar addition to Firefox that allows us to use our all-time favorite application, RoboForm, right within our browser. This allows us to login to whatever password-protected sites we need.
Another awesome extension, or add-on, is CoLT. This extension is awesome: When you want to copy a hyperlinked page in Firefox, you just right-click the text and choose to copy the HTML, the text, or the link.
Firefox just announced and revealed their latest version, Firefox 3. Don’t miss it. It’s sure to be a hit. Mozilla has successfully made each iteration of its browser markedly better than its last.
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