“The French police force plans to ditch Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as its preferred browser software and replace it with Firefox by the end of the year.”

While I can write/talk about the security advantages of running Firefox over IE, some people do it, like the French police force. IE 7 has not yet proven that it will fix any of the security problems in IE, which as most of us know stem from ActiveX. But, will Microsoft keep Activex? I think yes, and one big reason is that there are numerous, very large, web sites that use it. For now, I suggest you use Firefox. Of course, you already know that because most people who come to this web site already use Firefox (In January 2006):

# 	Hits 			User Agent
1 15284 12.21% Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8) Gecko
2 8256 6.59% Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET
3 7481 5.98% iTunes/6.0.1 (Windows; N)
4 6066 4.85% FeedDemon/1.5 (http://www.bradsoft.com/; Microsoft Windows XP
5 4835 3.86% SharpReader/0.9.6.0 (.NET CLR 1.1.4322.2032; WinNT 5.1.2600.0
6 4283 3.42% iTunes/6.0.2 (Macintosh; N; PPC)
7 3963 3.17% NetNewsWire/2.0.1 (Mac OS X; http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/
8 3521 2.81% iTunes/6.0.2 (Windows; N)
9 3366 2.69% Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.7.12)
10 3356 2.68% Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3.4; Linux) KHTML/3.4.3)

So your job now is to spread the word to all those IE users :)

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