Lockergnome: Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer

Wednesday June 16th, 2004

Chris Pirillo wrote in to tell us about a new article on Lockergnome entitled Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer: "The time has come to dump Internet Explorer. I know, I know — you may have heard the same thing before from those that think it's cool to hate Microsoft; but I'm not one of those guys. I'm actually an MCSE and I happen to like quite a few of Microsoft's products. Rather than lump me into the Microsoft-basher category, consider for a moment why you use the browser you use, and humor me by entertaining the notion — if even for a second — that switching to another might be worth your while..."

#31 Re: You'll always need IE.

by scorzonera

Friday June 18th, 2004 7:38 AM

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"Mozilla on the other hand will always be a broken product to end users because they will hit page after page after page that is broken or doesn't work the way it should **BUT WORKS GREAT IN IE** and it doesn't matter to them that it's not a w3 standard, it doesn't matter one little bit, not one little iota, ya wanna know why? Because it works in IE and IE has 97% of the market share because the browser is free and comes included with the OS."

It's more likely because most people don't know the difference between IE and Internet (according to a vast amount of a particular kind of users: IE = Internet). "Browser?? What do you mean? What's a browser?!" It would even surprise me if they have any notion on what an OS is.

Anyway, if (the majority of the) people want to use IE, let 'm. I don't care.

However, it's a growing trend on on-line forums (related to security or software) to ask questions about how to get rid of a highly unwanted toolbar, trojan or other malware that was (automatically or not) installed on their system via IE. And more and more they get the advise to use an 'alternative' for IE, as a countermeasure for known *and* future exploits for (un)patched security holes in IE. Even my national government (the Netherlands) now advises on their security-alert/advise web site to use an alternative browser to avoid getting infected with a certain trojan. People are starting to get aware, slowly but surely.

BTW: During my time as an IE user (a long, long time ago), I encountered just as many sites that didn't work (for whatever reason) in IE as I encounter now with Mozilla. Just a few, hardly worth mentioning actually. At the same time I gained a higher level of on-line security, privacy and in general a more userfriendly browser experience when I switched. Even developing my hobby-web sites is now a breeze. When it works in Mozilla, and not in IE, it's easy to use some (not much) well documented IE-workarounds to get it to work in that browser as well (I try to avoid using hacks, but in some cases I don't mind). Working the other way around (as I was used to do) took quite some more time and headaches.

And if your on an Intranet, go ahead, use IE. Who cares? I wouldn't recommend using or developing for closed-source software, though. But hey, it's a free world...

So, I really do not see the need to waste time and resources developing crap to support some other crap. Useless short-term thinking. Better to use all of our time and resources (developers and users alike) to inform people about what they are using or developing and why it's a bad idea, or not. In the long run, we will *all* benefit from that.