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Internet Explorer, an horror? Sod it.

I am a firm believer of individual liberties. That includes the right to choose your own browser. So when Kate Bevan, as a Columnist for Guardian, says that Internet Explorer is a horror and that Firefox is fabulous, I can only disagree.

Just like people criticize Microsoft’s monoculture, I consider it vital to have an alternative to Open source.

Open source itself is not perfect. The previous versions of Firefox and Mozilla have always caused problems for me and they were not as fast, as elegant and as snappy as Internet Explorer has been.

For sure, you can extend their features by using whole bags of extensions, but these are also available for Internet Explorer. Download.com offers more than 170 IE add-ons.

Security threats are not specific to IE as Firefox and Mozilla owners are gradually finding out. IE7 has made big improvements in security and functionality even if it means copying the best that your competitor offers, something that Microsoft, according to others has done pretty well.

IE7 offers better memory management, tabbed browsing, a safer browsing experience and more. But what’s even better is the fact that you can enjoy a completely different environment simply by extending IE using apps like Maxthon, Netcaptor, Avant Browser and many others.

The thing that I dislike the most about Firefox et al, apart from the speed, is the fact that you have to install extensions to get the best from it. Extensions do carry problems by themselves and must be updated, changed and tested. Without extensions, you cannot enjoy Firefox/Mozilla fully, contrary to what Opera or Maxthon offer.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.