IE v Firefox: the battle begins

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This month Microsoft and Mozilla released new versions of their Internet Explorer and Firefox internet browsers.

Surprisingly, Firefox seems to be leading early on in the download race, and it's been more of a hit with the critics.

"Within 24 hours of the official launch on Tuesday, there were over 2 million people using Firefox 2, and we were seeing a peak rate of more than 30 downloads per second from our website," said Firefox developer Mike Beltzner in a post to his personal blog.

By contrast, it took four days for Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) downloads to reach 3 million downloads, said Tony Chor, group program manager at Microsoft.

"In the first four days over 3 million of you have already downloaded the final release," he said.

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A second security flaw that could cause the new Firefox 2 browser to crash has been publicly disclosed.

The vulnerability lies in the way the open-source browser handles JavaScript code.

Viewing a rigged Web page will cause the browser to exit, a representative for Mozilla, the publisher of the software, said on Wednesday in the US.

Contrary to claims on security mailing lists, the bug cannot be exploited to run arbitrary code on a PC running Firefox 2, the representative said.

This flaw in the JavaScript Range object is different from the denial-of-service vulnerability in Firefox 2 that was confirmed by Mozilla last week.

That bug is related to a more serious security hole, which was fixed in earlier versions of Firefox, the organisation has said.

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Firefox Balances Innovation, Simplicity

Firefox 2.0, which can be downloaded at, has the greatest out-of-the-box usability of any Web browser eWeek Labs has tested (and that's a lot of Web browsers). From improvements in tabbed window management to built-in spell checking to integrated search aids, new features in Firefox 2.0 make it very easy for any user to take full advantage of modern Web browser capabilities.

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You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

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