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NYTimes: Other Windows on the Web

Jan 04, 2001, 20:47 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Pogue)

"Microsoft's lawyers would probably point to the existence of dozens of alternative browsers as proof that Internet Explorer has no monopoly, but don't be fooled. According to statistics kept by the University of Illinois, only about 6 percent of the Web's visitors use any browser other than the Big Two."

"Still, those 6 percent may be on to something. By choosing an off-brand browser, you can reap rewards in speed and simplicity. You dodge the bugginess of Netscape Navigator 6 and the feeling of slavery some people feel when using Microsoft's browser. And if your older PC lacks the copious memory, processor and disk-space demands of the Big Two, these alternative programs may be just the ticket."

"It's easy to see, for example, why Opera 5.0.1 for Windows, written by a pair of Norwegian programmers, has developed such an enthusiastic following. (Mac and Linux versions are still in the testing stage.) Until you've experienced how fast this program makes Web pages appear, you're hereby forbidden from complaining about the speed of your Internet connection."

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