Someone who shall remain nameless upgraded to IE7 on Day 1. On Day 2, his helpdesk managed to get him out of the slippery slope he found himself in. Myself, I chug happily along, sharing the love of Firefox. Until today. I bit the bullet and tried out IE7 on an older, its-ok-if-it-gets-screwed-up computer. And it was interesting. Not exactly good, but interesting nonetheless.
I missed the extensions that I have plugged into Firefox. I missed the snappy themes, the customizable searchabilty, the hotkeys that seem to make so much sense. Oh the blog integration, and the photo integration is still always going to be superior. I like the ability in IE to breeze through all my open tabs, just like one would with PowerPoint, but that’s likely because I am a Powerpoint whore. ;-)
Really, it does indeed come down to the Extensions. No, they AREN’T Add-ins. Add-ins are like remote relatives, nice to see once in a while, but they never get the hint on when to leave… and even after they are gone, there are traces of them around for ages that you need to clean up after.
The one snappy extension/add-in that seems to bridge the gap between both browsers is Trailfire.
Trailblazer plays double duty as both a Firefox Extension; Internet Explorer 7 add-on. In either browser, Trailfire dances right along, capturing the best of both camps, and may be the first smart extension that doesn’t care what browser you use, you can still play along with the rest of the kids.
Trailfire is the first to actually make use of “notes” on websites. Notes that other folks can see, engage with and follow. It opens the door to serious collaboration, and at the same time, there’s nothing stopping the insane from leaving a blaze of flames across your site. It will be interesting to see the impacts of such a viral, social service.
For this one, I might even switch from Flock