Why I don’t recommend Firefox: Adam doesn’t think that Firefox is ready to be unleashed on all users just yet. He makes some good points.
Firefox right now is very good for an experienced net user, but is not at all ready for the average person. If you plan on targeting the general public, you need to understand the general public.
Most Web users don’t know what a browser is. That blue E they click on the desktop isn’t a browser, it’s “The Internet.” Or maybe it’s “Yahoo” if that’s what their home page is set to.
Now my story —
I installed Firefox on my parents’ computer because IE bugs were making me nervous. My folks are 61 and 72. I just removed the IE link from the desktop, configured the Firefox shortcut to look use blue “E” icon, and named it “Internet.” I never even told them.
They haven’t yet noticed, and I don’t expect them to. The only problem we’ve had is that Firefox doesn’t do Flash natively, and I had to go get a plugin for that. Otherwise, it’s been smooth as anything. (And believe me, if Mom were to have a problem, she’d tell me — I’m on speed-dial…)
My home machine uses Firefox exclusively. I just told me wife to use the new icon with the bird instead of one with the blue “E”. She’s never had Problem One.
Annie (my wife) is a bright girl, but I don’t think she knows what a “browser” is either. She just knows about “The Internet,” and Firefox works as good as IE does. She’s a “power browser” too: eBay, online banking, shopping, etc. She doesn’t just go to Yahoo once a week — she’s on this thing more than me.
So, I don’t agree with Adam, but it’s a point worthy of debate. Does anyone else have some “Firefox for the non-geek” stories they can share?