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15 November, 2004

Knowing no better

Sorry if this sounds like Firefox evangelising; that's an activity I generally find counter-productive.  In the following, I don't mean to emphasise the fact that I like Firefox (though I do), my intention is to (re)state my belief that Internet Explorer is awful.

A posting at Neil's World brought a good anti-IE article to my attention.

A key paragraph:

Because IE comes bundled with Windows, and most PCs run Windows, most of IE's unfortunate users do not realise how bad it is, because they have never seen any of the alternatives. They assume, therefore, that security flaws, exposure to pop-up windows and lack of even elementary facilities such as tabbed browsing correspond to the natural state of things. The moment they see an alternative browser - Mozilla, Firefox, Opera or Safari, for example - is the point at which they understand my point.
Think about that for a moment, IE users: pop-up ads are not an integral, unavoidable aspect of browsing, as you may be taking for granted. I know I did when I was still using IE.

Anyone concerned about making the switch might like to glance through an earlier posting (about Firefox 0.8; few of my criticisms in that posting apply to the 'finished' version 1.0): for IE users, transition to Firefox can be seamless. I don't even know if Firefox is the best proper browser, but the aspect which convinced me initially was that, 'out of the box', the user interface feels like IE, only with the confidence of a proper back end.

I can't think of any reason not to switch.

Comments

I have a friend on the inside at Microsoft and he tells us that they've stopped updating IE - they know when they're beat.

Posted by Chasmyn at November 15, 2004 07:18 PM

Aye, I'd heard much the same thing. Either development of IE has been put on hold until the next incarnation of Windows itself, or MS have decided that the current state of IE has irretrievably tainted the brand name, and the next MS browser will be called something else.
I'd be surprised if MS has permanently abandoned the browser market.

In a way, I wish them well, if their massive resources are able to produce a revolutionary new browser which outclasses Firefox et al.; my criticism of IE is based on the fundamental inferiority of that product, not some ideological opposition to MS.
Firefox is 'merely' the best we have right now, and it can only count on my support as long as it remains so.

Posted by NRT at November 15, 2004 08:08 PM

No need to be sorry for pumping Firefox... it rocks!

Posted by Aurorealis at November 16, 2004 01:20 AM

Firefox rocks. IE can die. Although I can't upgrade until the people who made my extensions upgrade too....

Posted by Dawn at November 16, 2004 03:02 PM

I do think Firefox is an excellent browser, I just question whether 'Firefox is great!' is a particularly productive argument - it's fairly easy to dismiss. I know that when I come across an in-yer-face 'Macs rule!' article, my gut reaction is 'Yeah, yeah. Another Mac fan.' and I mightn't read any further.

I find it more effective to say that, emotive factors aside, IE is outdated and offers an inferior browsing experience to modern equivalents; why not try one of them? Personally, I find Firefox suits my requirements, and I recommend it, though alternatives exist. JUST NOT ****ING IE! (Ahem.)

Posted by NRT at November 16, 2004 04:46 PM
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