Being a conservative, dragged kicking and screaming into the latest versions because we HAVE to work with them in my department, I have to say ---- who cares? [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Actually, I'm still running IE6 and I've never seen Firefox, but my poor suffering testers are having to cope with IE7 (beta until recently), Firefox 2.0, Office 2007 (Beta), and very shortly Vista (we have the beta RC2 up and running on a dual-boot box in the lab, but it doesn't have any of our products on it yet).
(shrug) They are just browsers. Both seem fine. I see no compelling reason to prefer one over the other for my personal use.
I tend to confine myself to whichever browser is used by the largest percent of my customer base. (So, whichever version of IE has the highest market share at any given time.)
We are currently doing a bit of testing with IE 7 and seeing how it works with the hosted web apps that we market. So far, all apps are fine except for one. It has a few problems, but nothing we can't fix resonably quickly once our market needs IE 7 support.
I am with you, I use IE as its the preferred browser (why who cares) and is usually the one you need to test for. The last web project I worked on it was the only supported Browser.
Firefox is easier to use but for most operations, there is little difference. Reality is that the coders have to cater for IE so might aswell use it. For the above project we did do tests for Firefox and found it worked better on Windows 2000 Than IE for that particular project.
If you really want to use Firefox as a fist waving exercise at Bill gates thats fine too ! :-)
I downloaded IE7 yesterday and attempted to install it. When the msg box "... disable virus software before continue with installation ..." appears, I cancel the process! I downloaded FF2.0 and it appears to run faster then the previous version (18.104.22.168). My favorite browser are Opera 9 and FF2.0