I have been an IE die hard for ever but lately I have been using Opera for my Internet Browser. I have downloaded and deleted IE-8 four times. IE-8 locks up my computer when I use Tabs. I kept thinking they would get it fixed but it hasn't happened.
I also tried Fire Fox but didn't like it as much as I like Opera. I know Fire Fox, IE-8 and Opera have many of the same features. Over all Opera works best using multiple sites as I do to answer questions on NAFFF.
The big thing I find really useful is Opera's Speed Dial. They give you up to 25 sites that you can add to the Speed Dial page. When you open a new tab it opens the Speed Dial page and you select the thumbnail of the site you want to visit. You choose the sites you want on the speed dial and the page can be arranged by click/drag. It is simple and works great if you visit many sites at the same time.
Opera has a spell check so my post are edited as I type. There is also a narrow panel on the left side of the page that I have bookmarks, notes and a dictionary that is a click away. The panel can be at any location on the screen and even floating. You can configure everything and arrange the way you want the page to look like including choice of skins. You can import your bookmarks for other Browsers.
Since I have to log in as a member frequently I find the Log In button very useful. I can save the log in information for any site and if I go there I just click the Log In button and my screen name and password is posted. I don't use this for critical sites like banking but for general sites like NAFFF I find it very useful.
Opera is a free download
and you can keep your other Browser if you choose. Here is a link
to a help page that tells you how the Tabs Speed Dial works.
Like all Browsers Opera has a few quirks. I don't like how it adds a link but over all it works as advertised. I suggest you down load it and give it a try. If you don't like it, just delete it. 10.10 is available and it seems to be very stable.