Microsoft has developed a reputation as the “Evil Empire” among some in the computer world. And the main culprit that has led to the negative feelings has to be Internet Explorer. The upcoming release of IE9 might go a long way toward alleviating some of the ill-will, but let’s first take a look at why Internet Explorer is everyone’s favorite whipping boy browser.
Back in the day, IE was the answer to many developers’ prayers. It was faster, sleeker and more versatile than its closest competitor, Netscape. It helped to introduce many of the languages and platforms that make Internet browsing what it is today.
But somewhere along the way, Microsoft stopped trying. They knew that they had unbelievable control of the market share and didn’t feel the need to make improvements or innovate like they once did. As a result, other browsers who were willing to try a little harder produced better products. The mass exodus to Firefox and Chrome began.
If you talk to almost any computer geek, they will tell you how Internet Explorer falls short of ideal. It is hard to write code for, difficult to test, and full of bugs. The universal onslaught Microsoft has been feeling for the past eight years has finally produced a reaction.
Their market share in the Internet browser category is below 50 percent and their name is being dragged through the digital mud, so to speak. They put a little effort into IE7, adding tabs and a few other features, but hadn’t really jumped back into the game until the development of IE9, set to release in the next few months.
IE9 has finally changed perceptions among computer geeks, at least preliminarily. It appears that it will have a sleek new interface (much like Chrome), faster response times, and improved security features. It will also support the most recent HTML and CSS platforms to make developers happy.
The final verdict has not been reached yet. We’ll see if the new Internet Explorer can change deep-seated opinions about the software giant (and change usability issues along the way). If you need help installing a new browser, cleaning up your current system, or dealing with any other computer-related issue, give Computer Problem Specialists a call at (928) 468-0000 for a free analysis.
*Important note, we recommend NOT using IE8 or IE9 if you are using Windows XP. Experience has shown that the newer versions of Internet Explorer are only compatible with Windows 7. If you have detailed questions, please give us a call.
No matter what happens, it’s good to see a little more competition in the computer software world. It makes it so that everyone tries their best ... and we all win.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC and CEO of The Computer Guys USA with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.