If you use Windows, chances are you’re using Internet Explorer to access the Internet. Which probably means you’re being bombarded with really annoying pop-up ads, or worse, while you surf the web.
I don’t have that problem, because I’m using Phoenix, a browser-only application based on Mozilla. Phoenix is smaller, faster, and has a nicer user interface than Mozilla — which means that it blows IE totally away.
That doesn’t even count the two innovations in Phoenix (and Mozilla) which IE doesn’t have at all: the aforementioned pop-up blocking, and tabbed browsing, which lets you group related web pages into a single browser window for easily switching back and forth.
Either is worth switching for, as I can testify. I’m much more productive using Phoenix than IE, primarily due to the tabbed browsing, and I’m less annoyed by the web, primarily due to pop-up blocking.
Phoenix is on version “0.5”, which might make you think it’s unfinished. It isn’t finished, but even today, it’s fast and nearly defect-free in my daily use. It’s now good enough that someone like Rochelle can use it, instead of being mostly for geeks like me.