First of all, let me just say that I’m very biased here.
I’m biased because:
- I’m a former Apple employee and Mac lover. So it’s not likely that you’d find me posting great things about Internet Explorer.
- I’m a former developer, and so I’m predisposed to be a fan of open source projects in general, and Mozilla Firefox is a real champion of this movement.
- Two of my close friends are part of the management team of Mozilla.
But, I just had one of those moments – those rare bad moments that distinguish a great product from the merely good enough.
Here I am, writing a post for my blog that requires dozens of links. I’ve carefully opened them all in tabs, so I can paste them in, one-by-one.
I’m using Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Beta 2. Using Beta software is always risky – things happen. In this case, things did happen.
The browser quit, unexpectedly. Not unlike other browsers, like IE & Safari, which seem to quit randomly on a weekly basis.
I fire Firefox back up, dreading the over 45 minutes of lost work… and then I see a dialog. Do you want to restore your session, or start a new one? Apparently, your last session closed unexpectedly.
AMAZING. All my tabs are there. And, with a nod to WordPress.com, an auto-save of my blog post to boot.
WHAM. No work lost. No time lost. Back in the saddle, without a minute to spare.
So, to Michael Schroepfer, John Lilly, and the rest of the Mozilla team, hats off to you. Mozilla Firefox 2.0 is a great product.