Microsoft Internet Explorer vs. Mozilla Firefox

August 12, 2008

Today an Onsite Computer Services client in New Orleans inquired about web browsing software from Mozilla and Microsoft. For the majority of users in a business as well as a home environment, surfing the web is an important activity. From searching for information to shopping and banking, web browsing software is a ubiquitous tool and SECURITY is a prominent concern.

The Onsite client who uses Firefox 3 maintains the open source browser is much faster, and is loaded with more configuration ‘whistles and bells’ than IE 6 or IE7; however Onsite has little experience with Firefox 3 and cannot offer an empirical comment regarding the performance of the latest open source Firefox. A Google of ‘Internet Explorer vs. Firefox’ uncovers some interesting factoids and wide-ranging opinions.

A market share report of Internet browser use released by NetApplications in February 2008 discloses 74.88% of users employ Internet Explorer and only 17.27% users are using Firefox.

A 2007 Symantec study identified 122 security holes in Firefox 2, and judging from that volume of vulnerabilities was considered the most insecure Internet browser, ahead of Internet Explorer 7. It is important to note that Firefox 3, which supposedly addressed much of the vulnerability, was just released on June 17, 2008; however five hours after Mozilla officially released Firefox 3.0, researchers found a vulnerability in the new browser.

The SecurityFocus website which deals with a specific browser vulnerability further contends the new security improvements in Firefox 3 are not sufficient to prevent today’s phishing and malware dangers.

Other reviewers evaluated the speed of IE8 and Firefox 3 by opening graphics-intensive sites in both browsers. In EVERY trial, IE8 required HALF as much time to load the same page as Firefox 3. Additionally, sites that use Adobe required extra time to load and presented navigation problems in Firefox 3, while Internet Explorer 8 was unscathed loading and navigating the same sites. Try the experiment for yourself.

Some contend a paranoid Microsoft is concerned with the increase in popularity of Firefox in recent years and has Firefox firmly fixed on its radar. In its recent annual 10-K report to the SEC, Microsoft identified Firefox as a primary competitor in the Internet browser market and a threat to Windows Vista. Microsoft contends Windows Vista faces stiff competition from other platforms and mobile devices which may reduce demand for traditional PCs and the Internet browsing capabilities of Internet Explorer.

Which browser is safer? In the humble opinion of Onsite Computer Services, PCs with Firefox 3 are apparently facing impending danger until security patches are released to address the existing vulnerabilities. For those businesses that desire a productive and secure, end-to-end Microsoft solution, Internet Explorer 7 seems to make sense. Stay tuned as change and competition are the drivers in this market. Hopefully, the consumer will benefit.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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One Response to “Microsoft Internet Explorer vs. Mozilla Firefox”


  1. It goes withought saying that a lots of people are using microsoft internet explorer because they do not know of any alternative. firefox is free, faster, more secure, more stable, i would certainly recommend it.


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