Firefox 1.5 is now available! If you don’t know much about firefox, I’d suggest you read my previous post.
Firefox rocks. If you haven’t heard about Firefox (due either to living under a rock or having spent the last year and a half roaming the Sahara desert) then its time to hop on board. Firefox is a slick, open-source and functional browser with a shlew of features:
- Tabbed Browsing
- Extensions and Plugins (downloadable add-ons to increase the functionality of the browser)
- Adherence to many web standards that IE has been slow to adopt
- A sexy icon
So its a browser…whoop-de-freaking-doo. What’s so great about it? Well, as an user that browses the web for fun and as a profession, I tend to have a multitude of sites open at the same time. With IE, this means a crap ton of windows open that are difficult to navigate between. Well, with Firefox’s tabbed browsing, I can have one window open with 10 tabs, no problem! (I also have some tab extensions installed to give me added tab manipulation).
Extensions are a huge selling point. They are end-user developed and distributed right from the Firefox site. These extensions allow a user to put all kinds of additional functionality in their browser. There are extensions geared towards web developers, weather, music, searching, downloading, aggregation, etc.
The tabs and extensions sold it for me. I was hooked from day one and would fight tooth and nail before I gave it up. If you haven’t given it a test drive, I’d suggest doing so…right now. Do it.