i log onto my school network, we have it password protected so other people cannot get onto the school network and also so that the admin can moniter what websites everyone is using, it always comes up with the password on IE or firefox.....it is supposed to, what im saying is that on firefox it remembers the password and user name for you and on IE you have to type it in every time, it makes it soo much quicker to log onto the internet, it is nothing to do with the internet options, i have to change them to the correct server and port whenever i go onto the school network because of the school system.
i have only logged into the school system on IE once and that was to check if there were any updates for windows, that was when the internet at home was down and also the stupid system that microsoft has for its updates that you have to be in IE to view them, i have never had any problems loading pages in firefox, they load faster if anything because they do not have to load loads of adverts on them when they load due to the adblock feature.
i dont see how you can like having loads of flashing ads all over the place, it is much harder to concentrate on the text if there is flashing on the page, if you are really concentrating on a page for example for school work you do not want to be distracted from the text by adverts, i find that i also have not had ANY spyware/adware/malware/viruses since i have been using firefox and i visit mainly the same sites that i used to with IE before i installed firefox, this means that it is more secure than IE and there is less malicious programs that are able to install adware etc on the computer when using the adware feature.
The tab system is much better, it is faster and easier to switch to and fro from open tabs, it means one icon on the task bar, for example, say you had 10 pages open, you could either have 10 icons on the taskbar or you could have one icon on the taskbar and 10 tabs open in firefox, it is much more practicle to have one icen than 10 icons on the task bar
while you are waiting for a link to open in one tab you can continue to browse the web page you are viewing, instead of having to wait for the next page to open, like you do with IE.
Microsoft were onto a good program with IE, i think that it could have been a decent program but once they destroyed the compedition like netscape etc, they just left IE where it was and only released the occasional update where they had not developed it properley, if microsoft had continued to work on IE instead of destroying the opposition with underhand tactics they would have been able to produce a decent program, instead they have left it as it was and not bothered to upgrade and improve, it could be a good program with a bit of work, however at the moment it is a piece of trash like all other microsoft software, it is unreliable, too expensive and not worth wasting money on, it is NOT good software, it is crap, open office is more reliable than windows office and it does not have a rediculous 'activeate product' thing.
P.S. LK, congrats for reaching 9,000 posts