13 Reasons To Use Firefox Over IE
Thursday February 12th, 2004
"'A feature which I thought was going to be integrated in Internet Explorer 6 was a download manager. Download managers allow you to manipulate and take control of your downloaded files. Mozilla Firefox's download manager contains just the essentials to allow you to control your downloads. You can pause your download and continue it a later time, something which is not possible with IE's download manager. Apart from sporting a nice look, the download manager stores the information such as size and location of your downloaded file. When the download is complete, a small notification is displayed in the lower right side of the screen.'"
Business doing large rollouts across entire sites certainly aren't supposed to, nor likely to, use Fire* 0.8. They will, if they're sane, be waiting for 1.0 (and/or using Mozilla 1.6). The 0.8 after all means 'this product is not finished' which probably includes things like wording in preferences dialogs. I'm sure 1.0 will have a boring^H^H^H^H professional edit job on the text.
As for the restricted preferences I think having a core set of preferences you actually need is a good idea, and getting rid of preferences that nobody really needs is another good idea... but there should be a halfway-house solution to provide advanced preferences that power users might want, without actually having to go into manually editing the prefs (i.e. something that still gives you a plausibly user-friendly dialog). If that runs to 57 pages it doesn't actually matter - better to have it there than not. Just ensure that the only preferences ordinary users actually need are easily accessible and not hidden away in the 57 pages of advanced preferences.
Requiring extension installs (with their own really crappy preference UIs, which could themselves mount up to 57 pages for stuff you actually do want to control, as well as issues like version incompatibilities and such) just to enable browser features that are actually included as default and only need a preference change, is silly IMO.