I woke up this morning to a lot of buzz about the release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta. So I hop onto the MS site to download a copy on my work machine to try out. And believe me, it is just awesome. This is what MS told me!
I actually need to shell money to upgrade to 7 before I can try the beta? Mr Ballmer, WTF!
Not quite long after Microsoft signed a MOU
Ghana to provide “security software [that is] the latest internet protective technology developed by Microsoft,” the website
of the above mentioned company now boldly displays a banner link to the homepage of IE for download.
|In case the BI link above serves you a different page.
And it’s not just a banner linking to IE, but there is also a giveaway where BI gives you 30 minutes of free browsing for downloading Microsoft’s latest “security software.” Considering the fact that BI is Africa’s largest cybercafe and also a not so insignificant player in the ISP market here in Ghana, I see a very clever move on the part of Redmond to position their browser for a win here.
I know most people use Firefox
here for their browsing, but with such aggressive moves on the part of Microsoft, I can foresee a significant drop in its usage unless more is done to create awareness about better alternatives to IE. Microsoft has the money and the clout to pull this off.
They have the lions share here in the desktop OS market through a deliberate silence on the piracy of Windows
, now MS is gunning to add IE to its basket. What can we do about it?
Following the recent brouhaha about Dell’s public claims that Ubuntu
is safer than Windows and its subsequent change of stance, I hopped onto the Dell Ubuntu site this morning just to see what has changed since and to my amusement, the site tells me it recommends IE8
There’s nothing wrong with that until you realize I am on the Ubuntu site, which invariably means I want to use Linux
! Now you are recommending IE8 for me when I am shopping for a Linux machine? Oh and I visited the site via Google Chrome
, is that not a good browser too?
I’m not sure it was there before, and so is it not ironic and quite interesting that Dell publicly claims Ubuntu is safer than Windows, then it backtracks, now it is recommending the use of IE on THE Ubuntu site. Interesting.
I’m actually wondering which has received more publicity this January; Internet Explorer or the expected announcement of the so called iSlate by Steve Jobs later today.
But whatever the case, I think for all the brouhaha surrounding IE, the only solution that ought to be prescribed is to tell people in plain, uncoded language to simply dump it in favor of any of the other browsers out there.
IE is not the best thing that happened since sliced bread. Neither is it the only browser out there. There are a dozen others that will get the job done without giving you headaches. Whether you’ve had a problem with it or not, please get yourself a different browser.
Sure you can keep it on your computer as a legacy from the 1999 era, but do not use it for your everyday stuff (unless you are a programmer and need it for testing purposes). There is Firefox
, Google Chrome
and a host of others. Get any of them. And tell your friends and family who are still using IE to also stop living in 1999 and get a better, safer browser.
There are a lot of browsers out there
, with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer being the dominant one thanks to the dominance of the platform on which it runs. However, if you are a user of this application, I’d humbly urge you to take the following 4 factors into consideration as to why you must avoid Internet Explorer as much as is possible.
Lack of innovation
The only groundbreaking feature (from the perspective of an everyday user) that in my opinion separates IE 6 from the latest IE 8 is tabbed browsing. Other than that, I cannot see anything worthy of mention. This should not be the case for such a multibillion dollar application. Google Chrome
for instance, which is the youngest of all has more features worthy of mention than IE.
Relatively speaking, IE is slower to load pages than other browsers. For instance, using IE 8 on an XP SP3 box, it took 97 seconds for it to open The New York Times as compared to the 59 seconds it took Firefox to open the same page on the same connection speed. Sure your experience with it in terms of speed may differ, but generally speaking, it is slower than the competition.
IE is a resource hog no doubt. A cursory look at your task manager with IE and another browser running just makes it clear. IE is likely to consume twice as much resources as the other browser.
You have a car whose manufacturer stipulates that neither you nor your mechanic under any circumstance have any right to open and see what is in the engine. Only the manufacturer of the car has the right to determine when the car needs a fix, when it needs an engine overhaul and stuff like that. Would you ever be safe in such a car? Why then do you use IE? If anything is to go by, the recent Aurora attack that has caused Google to spit in the eyes of the Chinese government
should be enough proof of the security vulnerability of IE.
There are a dozen other reasons why IE is not the right choice for you if you want a smooth internet experience. I know there are some of you who would disagree with me -and I humbly welcome your opinion- but I am seriously of the view that it is high time people stopped using IE and opt for any of the dozen other solid browsers available.