B.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Texas
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I changed to Firefox for 2 reasons:
Tabs and securitiy.
I also found out something interesting while using tabs. If I open one IE brower it uses approx 11.7MB of RAM to open Google.com, while one instance of Firefox takes 17.1 MB. But what if I want to view 2 pages at once (which is almost always the case)?
If I open up each page in a new Firefox window, each new page adds about 1 MB. If I use tabs it takes up about 150k for each new opened Google.com page. But if I used IE, each page takes 11.7 MB!!! I tested both Apps (Firefox tabbed and windowed).
20 Pages of http://www.google.com/index.html
IE = 230 MB
Firefox windowed = 35.4 MB
Firefox tabbed = 21.6 MB
This is a pretty significant difference! Now I know that 20 pages is excessive, but if you open any more than 1 page, Firefox uses less RAM than IE.