- A BETTER BROWSER?

While Microsoft's Internet Explorer has long displaced Netscape's Navigator as the leading Web Browser in use today, another option now exists.

Mozilla.org has just recently released its Mozilla Web Browser for public use. While ths software is free, the real attraction to the Mozilla project is that the software is an "open source" development. In essence, this means that the basic program code for this browser is open to all developers to view, test and tinker with. The benefits to the end-user, as opposed to privately developed and proprietary code, are many.

First and foremost, by seeking input from countless sources, the programming community as a whole can develop a more stable and secure program application.

As a practical matter, the software seems to be not only more stable, but users can also expect fewer security flaws and bugs than the almost never ending stream of problems that are associated with Internet Explorer.

Additionally, the software does not appear to suffer from the "memory leaks" that clearly plague Internet Explorer. This means that the Mozilla browser uses fewer of your system's resources and properly releases the memory that it does use when the program is closed.

In private testing, I've observed a performance gain of up to 13% when testing the two browsers side by side. What this means to the end-user is the ability to load more Web pages and programs simultaneously; faster Web page loading, and fewer "reboots" required to do poor program memory management.

While the software functions very similarly to Internet Explorer, one key difference users have expressed great satisfaction with is the ability to open new Web pages in a "tabbed" interface, as is common to most Windows-based programs. Thus, rather than opening multiple copies of the browser (as would be required with Internet Explorer) you can instead open multiple Web pages within the Mozilla browser itself.

Not only does this feature result in the consumption of less memory and system resources, but it also makes switching from page to page a simple task of choosing from the easily viewed open tabs that are easily displayed along the top of the browser.

Mozilla also includes many comprehensive tools for the power user, including separate management tools for cookies, forms, passwords and file downloading.

While the program may not yet be perfect, it far exceeds what one would ordinarily expect from a first release (Version 1.0) application.

Not only might Mozilla be a better browser choice for most users today, it's future potential is very bright indeed. If you're interested in a more stable and secure browser, then Mozilla certainly is worth of your attention, and can be downloaded from:

www.mozilla.org

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