Both browser platforms have their ardent supporters, but in many feature areas the latest releases of Internet Explorer and Firefox (easily the two most popular browser choices amongst Lifehacker readers) are pretty much even. But there's one weird area where Microsoft lags behind: error messages.
I was very struck by the contrasting errors the two browsers produce when you try and access a bookmarked file on your local drive that's since been moved or deleted. Here's Firefox's effort, which recognises the problem is likely to be a transferred file:
Yet faced with the same situation, Internet Explorer immediately concludes that there's something wrong with your Internet connection:
Such a stuff-up is particularly amusing given that close integration with Windows has always been a major marketing point for IE. Integration doesn't amount to much if your browser can't even tell the difference between a local file and an external one. Memo to Microsoft: Surely you can do better than this?