Internet Explorer being the default browser for Microsoft’s engines and Firefox an open source browser developed by the Mozilla corp, which also developed the Thunderbird E-mail client.
So which is better? The quality is in the difference some claim:
Firefox allows you to surf the Internet
safer and faster, and it displays the Internet the way that it was
intended to be. Firefox also gives you more web page viewing
space so that you can see more than you would with other
browsers. The main difference that you’ll see is that
Internet Explorer has gray behind its images, Firefox doesn’t.
Firefox gives you more web page space to view more of a web.
Internet Explorer view
Albeit the view from FF is different than IE, but different doesn’t always mean better. It’s a matter of preference so I won’t comment on the view. The fresh, new Internet Explorer 8 is an awesome web browser which has the same tabbed browsing.
In terms of safety, I can’t say I feel safer in FF’s bubble than I would in IE. It’s not like the sole act of using IE will cause your computer to crash. Regardless if you go to places where you aren’t supposed to be, downloading warez and such, don’t expect guarantees from either browser.
Both browsers block pop-ups and provide a relatively safe and decent environment from unwanted pop-ups. They are both trusted and tried sources I believe you can rely on equally.
In terms of speed – your browser speed relies more on your pc engine. Slow connection = slow browser speed. Simple as that. It’s true I find FF opens much quicker than IE, but in terms of getting to where I want to go – I have no qualms with either. FF has a habit of unexpectedly quitting – much more frequent than IE in my opinion. But then again, FF is more reliable in restoring your browsers – which eases most of the worry.
We can look at more contenders in this race: Google Chrome , Safari , Opera … but I don’t think they’re getting the attention that IE an FF get. I mean almost everyone either has one of these browsers – IE or FF.
So whats my opinion? I can’t tell you – it’s all preference.
Personally FF has grown on me, but I don’t mind using IE and haven’t mind for the past years before I discovered FF. They are both great browsers despite what some one-sided, narrow-minded, blowhards have to say about them. I find some who bash IE have not done their homework as thoroughly and have a strong dislike for the Microsoft Corp and its products in general. Those who bash FF, don’t seem that they have used anything besides IE.