Originally Posted by MrX954
I dont see any benefits over IE, personal opinion.
- It is perceived to more "secure". I don't know, but a lot of IE security loopholes aren't found in Firefox
- Tabbed browser is extremely useful, and clears up Taskbar for other things (This is by far the best feature IMHO)
- Pop up blocker (IE6 for SP2 now has this feature built-in as well)
- Adblock - a plug-in that helps block normal banners as well as iframe ads
- dynamically scaleable fonts for every webpage way better implementation than IE's - and it's worked 100% for me thus far (unlike IE, which can be hit/miss)
- goolge bar built-in, accessed by CTRL-K
- Find is a lot nicer than IE, incorporating itself at the bottom of the browser, as opposed to IE's pop-up, which annoys me.
- you can type: dict wordlookup in the URL field and it will automatically search for the meaning of the word
- the above method can be customize, so you can have your own shortcuts for searching things (miles 10 - could be used to convert miles to KM from a website of your choosing)
- lots of plug-ins to customize the way you want to use the browser, there are some good ones, and the fact that they're all ingenious lends itself to more efficient use.
- On slower machines (celeron 450 with 64 megs), start up time is noticeably longer than IE
- you NEED IE for WindowsUpdate
- there are websites that only look correct in IE (altho firefox has a plug-in where you can right click on link and open in IE)
- IE has better built-in applet support (Flash, Windows Media Player)
- WinXP integrated so typing a URL in a folder window will begin internet
I personally prefre Firefox way over IE