18 January 2007

Microsoft(R) Firefox - We've Made it Better

Microsoft(R) Firefox | We've Made it Better

Somebody spend a long time making this... Seriously, there's even a video that's supposed to be a parody of an actual IE7 commercial. (Quick, view this site now before they're shut down due to various legal complications.)

Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer v1.1

Yes, it's true. There are some people that prefer the look of Internet Explorer to the way Firefox looks (though I've never met one). And, yes, there are other explanations on how to accomplish this. But, for me at least, these leave a bit to be desired as they include a lot of additional recommendations and extensions that are not required for a base installation of Firefox looking like IE. So, I've created this simple How To guide that shows you just what needs to be done to get Firefox looking just like IE. I even have a downloadable pre-built profile that works with Portable Firefox to do it. The goal of this project is mainly to demonstrate the power of Firefox's themes and extensions in making the browser work the way you want it to.

Now, this was actually neat, from a purely experimental point of view. At first, I thought that it would be useful to try and "wean" older people who were used to using IE for everything, but, the longer I thought about it, the more I realized that most people in that group have never really gotten used to the UI of IE anyway.

What do I mean? I mean this: have you ever noticed a less-computer-savvy person using a web browser? If you watch them long enough, you'll notice that they never even really use the buttons or most of the menus at all -- they just click on buttons on web pages, navigating everywhere they need to go. Hell, if that's the case, then it doesn't really matter what browser they're using, and most of the time, they'll never notice the difference when you show people this "new, safer" web browser that you'll put on their computer for them. ;)

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