Thursday, December 22nd 2005
MSNBC has published a great review of Firefox 1.5. It raises a few good points:
It [Firefox 1.5] incorporates useful improvements without forcing users to learn anything new.
The users more likely to stumble across a malicious site are often least likely to remember to install security updates that would protect them from the bad site’s break-in attempts.
If security issues lead people to Firefox, tabbed browsing tends to keep them there.
Firefox 1.5 makes only two changes to its implementation of this concept [tabs], both unobtrusive but helpful.
It also talks about a few of Firefox 1.5’s weaknesses.
And you can’t easily remove search engines from the list of shortcuts in Firefox’s search bar.
You can’t ask it to tell you what sites you visit most or least often or at particular times of the day.
I know* at least those two issues will be fixed in Firefox 2.0.
They also claim that Firefox’s bookmarks managing system is no good. Not sure that I agree with them there. It maybe isn’t optimal yet, but it sure is lightyears better than IE’s and at least as good as any of the other bookmark managers out there.
*) Based on the Firefox 2.0 Product Plan Draft.