Firefox 2.0, IE 7 Post Gains

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Mozilla's Firefox browser continued to erode Microsoft's Internet Explorer market share during November, a Web metrics company said Wednesday, even as IE 7 gained momentum.

According to Net Applications, the open-source Firefox grabbed another half a percentage point of usage share last month, accounting for 13.5% of all browsers, up from October's 12.96%. Internet Explorer's share, meanwhile, fell from 81.28% to 80.56%. If current trends continue, IE will have lost 5 percentage points during 2006 and will likely dip under 80% for the first time in more than six years.

Apple Computer's Safari posted a tenth of a percent gain in November, while Opera's share increased by 0.06%.

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Internet Explorer 7, the first major overhaul of Microsoft's Web browser since 2001, may knock your socks off if you've been using its predecessor exclusively.

But if you're among the millions who've switched to Opera or Firefox, IE7's new features may strike you as about as fresh as the remote control. Been there, done that.

While Microsoft focused its energies elsewhere, Opera, produced by a Norwegian company, and Firefox, an open-source project of the Mozilla Foundation, gained legions of devoted fans -- particularly among experienced and influential users.

The sleeker, faster, more flexible alternative browsers cut IE's market share from 93 percent two years ago to about 86 percent today.

Rather than leapfrogging ahead of the competition, Microsoft largely just draws even with IE7.

IE7 doesn't pull ahead of competition

Homemade Firefox videos to become TV ads

Mozilla announced today that Firefox browser fans are underwriting four 30-second videos to air on U.S. primetime TV this month. The ads were produced by Firefox fans in response to this year's "Firefox Flicks Video" campaign, which resulted in approximately 300 homemade clips about the browser.

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

Living with (or without) Internet Explorer 7.0

Like a lot of people, when Microsoft's latest browser was released, I installed it right away. In fact, I installed it on about half a dozen machines. As the days have turned into weeks (soon to be months) since Microsoft released Internet Explorer 7, what's become clear to me and many others is that some Web sites and many Web applications just aren't ready for this new version of the browser. On my computers, that has meant a return to IE6, until the Web and Web-based apps catch up with IE7.

I've received reports from many Computerworld and Scot's Newsletter readers about compatibility issues between IE7 and, especially, Web-based ASP products and proprietary or customized enterprise apps. It's been a five-year run for IE6, and the Web developers who serve the business world appear to have moved in for the long haul.

My best advice at this point is to stick with IE6 for a while if you're a confirmed IE user, or switch at least temporarily to Firefox 2 or Opera 9.

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

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