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For the most part I´m a Microsoft fan. After all, I use Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Windows XP. But a while back I made a switch. And for me, that´s a big deal. I changed my "default browser" from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox (http://www.getfirefox.com).

The last time I made such a major switch was six years ago, when I moved from Netscape to Internet Explorer. So, why did I change? Well, let me start at the beginning:

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