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Microsoft has been in the consumer pockets for years, steadily. Microsoft has built an empire. All Microsoft has to do is come out with Internet Explorer 7.0 (codename: IE Longhorn). Damn! I respect the open-source community and try to educate myself about open-source projects but, I believe we have a lot more of Microsoft to see. Microsoft will be around for a while, the world changes when Microsoft changes!
1. I can right-click a link and open it in the background. (Ie: on a new separate tab.) Hence I can open any interesting links on a page and carry on reading the page until I wish to check out the links I've opened. Then, they are ready for me, fully loaded.
Or better yet, middle-click! ;)
Another thing about FireFox is how easy it is to edit all the configuration files. Just this morning I had a problem (my fault, not FireFox's) that I was able to fix just by removing a few lines from a couple .rdf files. If IE goes belly-up, you're in for a much more difficult session of troubleshooting and fixing.
Is it better to know how to write web pages or be flattered into thinking you know when you don't?
HTML is meant to be safe: if there is a mistake in the code, the user agent (browser) is supposed to try and do the best it can to render as well as possible. IE is very good at this.
XHTML is a flavour of XML, and XML is supposed to be strict: if there is a mistake in the code, the user agent is supposed to reject the entire document and do nothing. On the other hand if the code is mistake-free, the user agent is supposed to follow the standards to the letter, which Firefox is better at.
At the end of the day we are at the mercy of the browser developers, and we can only pray that they listen carefully to the W3C.