Is Microsoft reaching out to the open source folks and telling them ‘see, we aren’t’ so bad after all?” Or is it that Microsoft recognizes that Firefox is indeed a competitor that should be recognized by making available a Media Player plugin for the Firefox browser? No matter what the motive, Firefox users now have the ability to view Media Player content through their Firefox browser by simply downloading and installing the plugin.

Here comes the hard part. Most of us use Firefox because we feel, right or wrong, that Firefox is more secure than IE is. I personally use it after I was attacked by a bug about 3 years ago when I was using IE at the time. Yes, Microsoft has improved IE a lot since then, but I have become so accustomed to using Firefox, that I never looked back. As some of us have mentioned in the past, the Firefox software just feels right to me. So will installing a Microsoft plugin expose us users to potential hacks even though we are using Firefox? I don’t really know for sure.

So this is something that a user must weigh before installing the plugin. Personally I am going to wait awhile to see how this works for other people. By monitoring the forums and news media, I don’t think it will take long before we find out whether the Media Player plugin can be easily exploited. One can hope that this would not be the case.

The plugin supports both Windows XP and Windows Vista.

What do you think? Comments as always are welcome.

Media Player Plugin for Firefox – Download here.

[tags]microsoft, firefox, media player,secure,  [/tags]