The war of browsers is back again! And Microsoft for the first time is defending its share of Internet browser market against Mozilla. Mozilla, an open source project is continuously eroding Microsoft IE's market share. IE 7 is the first fresh release from MS since 2001 and incorporates lots of features of Mozilla (Yawn!! Do SOMETHING new guys!!!)
Im an avid IE fan. The reasons being the speed with which IE opens and its tight integration with windows.
So after working on both the browsers i feel IE 7 has been beaten to pulp by Mozilla 2.0. Since on my XP IE 7 is not integrated with the windows shell so its lost its primary advantage of speed. It will be a plus point in Windows Vista but most of us are not changing their OS so soon for Vista which requires higher configurations.
Where Mozilla scores is the amazing collection of add ons. Man i was bowled over by the number of add ons and various stuff developer community has made. From utilities that show how many websites you have surfed, how much time you have wasted online to plug-ins that ask questions, the range is amazing.
Also Mozilla has a HUGE developer and testing community and hence bug are fixed rapidly and precisely.
I feel with Mozilla 2 and IE 7 we can see the power of open source software. I really hope that when Mozilla 3 is released Mozilla has a 80% marketshare and IE is dead.