Why Firefox 3.6 Is Better Than Internet Explorer 8
One of the biggest holes in Internet Explorer 8 is that there is no built-in spell checking. This is truly bizarre considering the considerable knowledge of this area that Microsoft has thanks to years of developing it for Microsoft Word. Yet, IE 8 users are left with a sub-standard half-effort at spell check provided by the IE Spell add-on. For any user that does more than just read what is on the Internet this is a big deal.
What really makes Firefox 3.6 better than Internet Explorer 8 is not the list of what features each browser does or does not have, but rather how those features are implemented.
For example, both Firefox and IE will offer to save your passwords for websites that you visit. Enter your username and password and both browsers ask if you want to save them. However, Firefox continues to load the website you entered the password for. Not only is this faster and more efficient, it allows you to verify that you entered the right password by seeing a successful login. IE, on the other hand, waits for you to answer the question before continuing, meaning at best the loading of the site is being delayed and at worst, that you just said Yes to saving the wrong password!
Another foolish implementation is how Internet Explorer implements restoring your last browsing session. With Firefox, you can choose whether to start fresh each time or load back the same way you were when you stopped, either automatically or on demand. With IE, however, you cannot configure it to automatically save and restart your previous browser session. You can only restore your last session manually, but you better remember to do it right away, otherwise your "last" browser session might end up being your "before the last" browser session with no way to restore. Microsoft claims this is for security which is odd considering that Windows comes with usernames, passwords, and the ability to lock the computer console. Surely, user choice would be the better route?
Likewise, Internet Explorer offers no ability to search even your own local bookmarks or web history directly from the URL bar. Again, Microsoft cites security noting that some browsers (like Chrome) send your information off to search engine providers as you type it. However, Firefox again wins because it is configurable. Users can turn off this feature if they don't want it, while there is no way to turn it on in IE.