Jan 5 2011
07:16 am

I've been using Firefox for a number of years (and please don't ask how long, I honestly don't remember) and have been quite satisfied.

In December, Firefox’s share of the European market was 38.1 percent, with Internet Explorer at 37.5 percent and Google Inc.’s Chrome at 14.6 percent, according to StatCounter, which is based in Dublin and Boston.

Not too terribly long ago, announced some new bell & whistle involving IE9 and the blogging platform, so I took a chance and downloaded IE9(beta), played around with it for a few hours, and even though I tried to keep an open mind, and tried to set up IE9 as closely to my FF settings as I could, I quickly went back to the less cumbersome FF.

Why has FF not made the same gains in the US?

Cullen said gains by Firefox and Chrome in Europe may have been prompted by an agreement between European Union regulators and Microsoft that compels the U.S. company to offer European users a choice of browsers.

Let the speculation begin on when the monopoly will be broken (in the US)...

R. Neal's picture

At KnoxViews for December

At KnoxViews for December 2010 v. 2007:

1. Internet Explorer: 37% (2007: 62%)
2. Firefox: 34% (2007: 28%)
3. Safari: 20% (2007: 8%)
4. Chrome: 7% (2007: 0%)

A dramatic shift away from IE, but gains split between Firefox and Safari, with Chrome taking some away from all.

I finally made the switch to Firefox, even though we make our living with M$ software. I find that it's generally faster and has more features (especially spell checking). There are still some sites that only work with IE, though.

Newer version of IE are a little better, but it's probably too little too late.

R. Neal's picture

I tried Chrome again after

I tried Chrome again after playing around a little with an earlier version.

I've been using the latest version all day, and I think I might switch to it for a while. It does seem really fast. And it seems to render graphics better for some reason. And I like the spell checker better. There are a few things to get used to, but I like it overall.

So thanks for tip.

R. Neal's picture

I also switched to

I also switched to Thunderbird for personal email. The mail program that comes with Windows 7 (which doesn't actually come with it, you have to download it) sucks. Thunderbird works great. And there's an importer addon that will import Outlook Express and other email contacts/archives.

CE Petro's picture

I used Thunderbird for years

I used Thunderbird for years and loved it. But, when I got the now over 1 year old laptop, I tried Windows Live (did not have to download it, probably because Win7 was already installed) and actually did like it. Unless Thunderbird has had some new updates that I don't know about, I really like the quick view in WinLiveMail for all my mail and RSS feeds.

R. Neal's picture

Windows Live Mail

Maybe I was thinking about the early Vista version instead of Win7.

Anyway, I installed the latest version and took another look. They have significantly improved it. Very nice. Thanks!

CE Petro's picture


LOL Randy, we must be on the same wave-length. I took another look at Thunderbird. The latest version does include downloading RSS feeds, but it took me a while to find it and get it set up, compared to it being visibly available on WLM.

As I use gmail for email, WLM does have problems with downloading mail from the IMAP configuration. Between Thunderbird and WLM, Thunderbird downloads the mail much faster with far less errors (ie server stopped responding) than WLM.

If I can just find a "quick view" pane (or status? like at the top of WLM) in Thunderbird to read all unread email for various email accounts and RSS feeds, instead of switching between accounts, I'd be a very, very happy camper.

Opinari's picture

Corporate v. Individual Use

I would argue that MS has primary leverage in the corporate world, and that directly inflates their market share. Our shared services group has determined that the most stable build for our 450,000 users is none other than IE6 (that's right... 6, the browser of myriad security issues.)

IT types like myself get around policy and use FF/Chrome/Opera, but 99.9% of the user base is forced to live with a substandard browser. The admin complaints are mainly regarding GPO integration, which did not exist until last month. Hopefully, this will lead the decision makers to at least implement Chrome in the corporate SOE, and allow us to get away from IE.

cafkia's picture

Getting online running

Getting online running Window$ makes me nervous enough that I generally will not do it even though my desktop and laptop and dual boot with XP. If I had to go online running Window$ and IE, I would be a basket case. I tend to use the firewall installed with Ubuntu as well as the one in my router.

Generally speaking, if you are using Windows and IE, you really don't understand the internet.

michael kaplan's picture

I've been using the Netscape

I've been using the Netscape-based browsers since Netscape 1.0 and have always found them easy to use and to update.

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