IE will never be any good. IE 7 will have pretty much the same features that Firefox 1.5 has today, Firefox 2.0 will be coming out at about the same time and will have even more features that IE doesn't have...
In all honesty, IE7 and FireFox 2.0 might reach the same level feature wise, but that's not why I use FireFox. I use FireFox, because it's more secure, something IE will not have because of it's huge ass target stuck on it's head.
Recent studies have shown that the people who use IE don't know much of anything about computers, and barely ever use them, so Firefox is probably used more than IE is, even though IE has about 6 times as many users as firefox does.
It comes down to who wants to attack what. Firefox can be just as insecure as IE. In reality Opera is more secure then both. I use IE and Firefox, Firefox's features are over-rated and IE has some features I'm surprised Firefox doesn't have yet. IE is only a pain in the ass if you don't know how to keep yourself secure.
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I guess everybody has their own oppinion in the "browser wars". Firefox is actually more secure than IE because it doesn't support all the ActiveX crap, although if firefox were targeted as much as IE viruses almost certainly would get through. Personally I hate IE, I don't mind any of the other browsers (like Netscape, Opera, or Safari), but FireFox is my favorite.
You are basicly saying what I said Keaton, only with much more detail then is needed. Fact of the matter is, FireFox is out of the fire rage, usually because people who cause damage to other people's systems, go for people who can't fix the damage that easy. That is why IE is, and will always be the one with the huge ass target on it's head. IE will be the #1 internet browser for anyone who doesn't know much about computers or the internet, so it will always be the #1 source for hacks and viruses.