Firefox 2.0 continued to gain ground and in November it was averaging a 13.5% market share of the browser market. The Firefox Web browser is Open Source and free, and comes from the Mozilla Foundation. Its history is firmly rooted in Netscape Navigator and the applications share a common foundation.The new version touts that it offers phishing protection, better RSS support, improved search features, improved tabbed browsing, and Session Restore. But Internet Explorer 7 also has most of these features.

So why does Firefox continue to be an attractive alternative to Internet Explorer?

Before Microsoft introduced version 7 for Internet Explorer, it could be argued that Firefox was more secure and not as easily exploited. But that is no longer the case.

For some, their Web browser of choice is just as emotionally decided as their choice in operating systems. For me I’ve been using Firefox for about two years now. I just like the feel of it. And Firefox offers what are called extensions, and I find them very useful. One of the most popular extensions is AdBlock Plus that blocks advertising on certain Web sites. Another I use is called ForecastFox that delivers the weather instantly to my browser.

I do use Internet Explorer on occasion when I have to – when Firefox stumbles on a Web site that is strictly geared to work with IE.

If you haven’t tried the new Firefox 2.0, you may wish to give it a try. It’s free and can be downloaded from here.

[tags]firefox, internet explorer, extensions, web site[/tags]