Why Former IE Developer Switched To Firefox

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A former lead interface developer of Internet Explorer posts a fascinating confession about “Why I switched to Firefox,” in which he admits his allegiance to Firefox.

Coming from one of the guys who helped create IE, this is a pretty big time endorsement.

The developer is Scott Berkun. He helped design the interface for IE 1.0 (did anyone actually use this?) and stayed through the launch of 5.0. Thus, I’d say his comments carry a certain weight. He hasn’t worked on IE since 1999, when he switched to the Windows group, and Berkun left the evil empire altogether in 2003.

Currently, he’s a consultant and the author of an acclaimed book, The Art of Project Management.
Berkun’s reasons for loving Firefox are familiar to the rest of us Firefox fans: it looks better, it feels better and it works better. Thanks for coming clean, Scott. That feels better now, doesn’t it? Thanks for joining us! :)

(And speaking of Firefox, in case you’re the adventurous type, the 1.5 beta is out. Myself, I think I’ll wait until at least beta 2. All the warnings about installing this beta have me sufficiently spooked. But go right ahead and download it if you like; don’t let me stop you!)

On a related note, Berkun published an excellent essay in December titled, “How to build a better browser.” Berkun obviously knows his stuff, so if you want to see what a real browser developer would build if he could, check it out.

Cory Kleinschmidt is co-founder of Traffick.com, which offers a unique analysis of search engine and eBusiness trends. As Webmaster of Traffick, he designed the site, and continues to maintains it and contributes informative articles for webmasters and internet professionals.

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