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Internet Explorer Update May Push More Users To Firefox

Even as Microsoft readies its next incarnation of Internet Explorer (a beta version 7 of IE is due later this summer), the brain trust at the Mozilla Foundation, the developers of Firefox, isn't worried. In fact, Firefox may soon be bigger than ever, particularly among users in the business sector.

Why? IE 7 will only work on computers using the Windows XP platform. According to a recent survey, almost half of the business computers still use Windows 2000. To take advantage of IE's new features -- and be at the mercy of the hackers and security issues you know will come up -- business users would be forced into a needless and expensive upgrade.

Meanwhile, Mozilla isn't resting on their laurels, with Firefox version 1.1 to be released this month. Expect a wider range of features that will encourage companies to migrate to the open-source browser, including auto-update and preference-locking features.

If you haven't made the switch, and you want to avoid the security problems that are still a daily fact of life with IE, I strongly urge you to take a close look at Firefox. What's more, it's free! No OS upgrade required!

CNET news.com July 19, 2005

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