8 thoughts on “Browser Switchers – Fewer Than Expected”

  1. That’s exactly right. Most people still think their computer problems happen from malicious e-mails. The funny thing is watching a casual user run an installer program. Most don’t read the dialog boxes at all — they just click “next” to get through the installer as fast as possible. In the meantime, companies such as AOL and even Adobe have loaded the installer with bloat/spyware that will get installed on your machine unless you read the prompts carefully.

  2. Better security is often put forward as the reason for the rapid growth of Firefox. These findings seem show that security may not be the main driver.

    So now MSFT is working on IE 7.0 with the objective of … improving security (and offering tabbed browsing.) But neither of these is why I switched from IE 6.0.

    FF is simply a better browser. IE 7.0 won’t win me back.

  3. The average PC user has no idea where their download sklnmklm8567vmvl.exe goes, let alone know how to install it.

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  5. I would love to see the cross-tabs of these users by sophistication level, years of online experience, AOL status… I’m betting that the (relatively speaking) online smarties are going for Firefox. I do think it may take quite a while for this to trickle down. In fact, I just this weekend convinced my wife to switch to Firefox. Many people still have no idea that it’s an issue – many I believe think its part of the Windows system, obviously.

    We’ve also been working hard on some really cool Firefox plug-in features over at LinkedIn, including our JobsInsider which appears on job sites like Monster and lets you see who you’re connected to when you’re looking at a job listing. It’s definitely worth checking out if you are a big Firefox fan… http://www.linkedin.com

  6. Om I have to say that I am a happy user of Opera.

    As well as easier to user than both FF and IE it is fast secure and in quite moments I can control it using voice.

    Have been a happy user since my days using the PSION Netbook over five years.

  7. Let’s not forget that 11% is a staggeringly high number of people, not only given the timeframe, but given the enormous size of the market. So I would say that people *are* switching in large numbers.

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