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Yahoo Recommends Firefox 3 Over IE7

Filed under the “whoops! sorry about that!” department of PR over at Yahoo (then again, they haven’t changed it yet either).  It appears when you go to Yahoo.com via Internet Explorer 7, you are given a message to upgrade to Firefox 3.  How nice of them…

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Thanks Yahoo, I am sure Mozilla and the Firefox team appreciates the support!

Security Zone Policy Errors in Firefox 3

Here is an interesting update that seems to be drawing a little heat from the Web at large.  Depending on your Internet settings (from Control Panel > Internet Options) you might have issues with some downloads being blocked.

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Here is what Mozilla has to say about the issue.

Starting in Firefox 3, downloads of executable files (e.g., .exe or .msi) may fail and the Firefox Downloads window will contain this message, under the filename:  This download has been blocked by your Security Zone Policy.

This issue occurs because Firefox 3 now honors your Windows security settings for downloading applications and other potentially unsafe files from the Internet.

The rage here is that the Internet Options you see from the Control Panel links back to Internet Explorer 7.  So in a round about wacky way, Firefox 3 follows IE7’s security settings.  Need a fix?

To change the setting, open Internet Options (via Control Panel or from Internet Explorer -> Tools) and click the Security tab. With the Internet zone icon highlighted, click the Custom level… button. A list of security settings for the Internet zone will appear. Find the “Launching applications and unsafe files” setting (under Miscellaneous) and select “Prompt (recommended)”.

If that does not do the trick for you, there are a few more fix suggestions on Mozillazine.org you can try.  So are you upset about this or could you care less?

Browser Wars Redux

Looking through the links folks had submitted to me over the past week for the Web site, I ran across an interesting article covering the latest shots fired in the browser wars. Figured you might want to check it out as well (I promise they have pretty graphs!).

The internet browser market has been fiercely competitive of late, with two major browsers being released at the same time in the last quarter of 2006 – namely, the latest version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the long-awaited second edition of the open-source community developed browser Firefox. There are other bit-players in the market, certainly, but indisputably these are the big two – both released in late October / November of last year.

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Firefox Still Gaining

It looks like Firefox is still gaining ground out there in the browser wars. Many people felt like Internet Explorer 7 might kill off the home grown glory that is Firefox 2, but they were wrong. The guys over at Information Week have a nice in depth look at the battle between the browsers since IE7 debuted.

Although Microsoft recently touted the 100 millionth installation of Internet Explorer 7, Web measurement firms said that the new browser is simply being swapped out for older editions and hasn’t had an impact on Firefox’s continued climb.

“[As of] January 8th, we had the 100 millionth IE7 installation,” said Tony Chor, an IE group program manager, in an entry on the team’s blog. “Even more important than installations is usage. According to WebSideStory (the company we use to measure browser usage), as of this week, over 25% of all visitors to sites in the U.S. were using IE7, making IE7 the second most used browser after IE6.

+ Read More Over at Information Week!

Use Internet Explorer and Firefox

If there any reason why you can not use more than one browser? No. A lot of folks get caught up in being “uber fans” though and don’t realize that all browsers have some good points and some bad points. This article I found yesterday really got me to thinking – it might have the same effect on you as well.

Naturally, all of this has generated a bit of contention among users of Microsoft Windows where Firefox fans put down IE and users of IE 7 say they don’t want to bother with changing anything on their computers that is working. I’m an unlikely Solomon, but I do know what I would order if I were in charge: Use them both.

+ Continue Reading Firefox or Internet Explorer? Why Not Both?

myFirefox – IE7 Theme for Firefox

Now if the Looks Familiar theme makes Firefox look more like Internet Explorer 6, then what does my Firefox do? It makes your Firefox experience a little more like Internet Explorer 7.

There is no reason you shouldn’t like the IE7 theme, even if you are the biggest Firefox fan in the world. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. Now you can have the slick interface of Internet Explorer 7 with your favorite Mozilla browser under the hood. Some might say it is the best of both worlds.

+ Download and Install the myFirefox Theme for Firefox!

IE7 RC1 vs. Firefox 2 RC1

Somebody must have sneezed, because it is time for another side by side comparison of Internet Explorer and Firefox. This time We are looking at the RC1 release of both browsers.

Internet Explorer version 7 RC1 and Firefox version 2 RC1 are now out so I thought it would be a good time to do some simple side-by-side comparisons. The “RC” stands for Release Candidate, meaning that these are the near-final versions.

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Internet Explorer 7 vs Firefox 2.0

The people at bit-tech.net give us yet another side by side comparison of the new Internet Explorer and Firefox 2.0. The entire article in question has a lot of interesting points, but the last paragraph left me a little shocked.

If IE7 is such a massive improvement, it’s hard to see what about the new Firefox really justifies the moniker ‘2.0’. It really seems like more of a 1.6 – there’s not a lot of difference here. The browser wars just got a lot more interesting…

Want some interesting feedback on this article to read? See what the commenters on Digg.com have to say about it.

IE7 vs Firefox 2 – Security

So out of the two big browsers of the future, which one will handle security issues better?

Microsoft and Mozilla are on a collision course, both racing to complete major updates to their flagship web browsers scheduled for release this fall. Over the past two years, Firefox has zoomed from nowhere to gobble a significant chunk of market share at Internet Explorer’s expense. The biggest selling point for Firefox is its generally better record on security issues; so it’s no accident that Microsoft has paid significant attention to beefing up security features in Internet Explorer 7.

+ Read the Rest at ZDNet.com!