I don't understand why more people on the Internet have not switched from Microsoft's Internet Explorer to Firefox. I've been using the Firefox browser now for several years and find in better in almost ever single aspect to Internet Explorer. However, most major websites report that most users still prefer to use Internet Explorer. I think the main reason for IE's success is due to it being bundled into the Windows Operating System. If I'm right about this reasoning, then "Vista" is going to create a huge possibility for not only the next version of Internet Explorer, but for Microsoft's new search engine, "Live" as well.
The world is changing so fast right now, it's getting more difficult for me to keep up with some of these changes as I get older and my mind doesn't operate as fast as it use to. I do have some concerns about the new "Vista" OS and those concerns evolve around the numerous delays in the release of the system. A positive person would believe that these delay are just the result of Microsoft wanting to "get the product right" before it goes on the market. I tend to believe that there are some pretty big problems with "Vista" and this extra time is need just to get the OS to work the way they have promised.
With the exception of updating my "virus definitions", I visit the Microsoft "Windows Update" page more often than any other. I do this because there have been so many holes found in the various Windows OS's which hackers try to exploit for their personal advantage. The conventional wisdom is that hacker’s find more holes in Windows because it is the most popular OS. However, I believe there are inherent problems with how Microsoft builds their OS's in the first place. The truth is that Microsoft has always desired to be a proprietary company and their products are built to give Microsoft a bunch of information into what their customers are doing with their software.
This attempt to find out as much information as possible about their customers, leave gaps in the software which regular hackers can use to do damage to those same consumers through backdoors and holes in the software language. In a perfect world, there would not be folks who would try and break into a system, for no other reason than the challenge of it. However, we all know this world is less than perfect and sadly there are thousands of people who think that they are doing the world a favor by finding and exploiting holes in Microsoft's software and Operating Systems.
In the near future, I plan on sticking with Firefox over Internet Explorer. I love how easy this browser is to operate and I frankly trust their security better than any version of Internet Explorer I have seen so far.