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Why are people still using Internet Explorer?

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Why on earth are people out there still using Internet Explorer, let alone IE6? I read a news article recently that stated Microsoft are practically begging users to stop using IE6 because it is so old, and I'd could probably add that they realise themselves that it wasn't a particularly impressive browser.

Amazingly, IE6 still has quite a following out there with a market share of 11.33% (12% according to Microsoft, but let's not worry about accuracy shall we?).  A large portion of these browsers are used in China (34.5%) according to the global heat map on the IE6 countdown website.  I suppose we could say that's not a problem since so many websites are blocked by the government anyway.  That's meant to be humorous by the way, so don't get all uppity with me!. 

Joking aside, it's not just China that's lagging behind, or even India, Japan and South Korea.  In the UK IE6 apparently has a share of around 3.5% - which is pretty scary for a browser that's ten years old bearing in mind how many people have access to the Internet in this country.

Why is this?  Are people too lazy, too scared, or is it a case of "if it ain't broke there's no need to fix it" mentality.  Well I'm sorry folks, IE6 isn't doing you any favours or helping you make the most of the time you spend on the Internet.  Without diving into geek-land and talking about different versions of HTML and CSS, which are basically the nuts and bolts that help define what you see on screen, Internet Explorer has for a long time shown surfers the Internet in it's own special way which might not necessarily be the way the website designer intended.  In actual fact that's not strictly true, because many website designers spend a lot of time implementing various hacks and kludges to make their sites display the same way no matter what browser the visitor is using.

So why doesn't everyone build their websites the Internet Explorer way?  Well, for a start not everyone uses IE and mercifully it's market share has been in very gradual decline in recent years.  From 68.46% in March 2009, down to 56% in January 2011 according to Netmarketshare.  Websites should work no matter what browser a person is using, but the designer shouldn't have to add a whole load of extra code to make that happen.  As far as browser makers are concerned it would be good if everyone was singing from the same song sheet in terms of capabilities and standards and it is here where I think that Internet Explorer falls down more than any other browser.

Browsing the web Personally, I haven't used Internet Explorer for a few years.  I used Firefox for a little while and then I started using Google Chrome not long after it was released.  The later is a browser that I can't recommend enough as it is probably more capable in many ways and arguably much faster than the competition.  My own tests have thus far demonstrated that to me anyway. 

Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera already have a great deal of support for HTML 5.0 and CSS 3.0 (the latest and greatest markup and style sheet languages), with this it is possible for web designers to quickly and easily create exactly what they want without having to jump through hoops.  Sadly, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (with the exception of the latest Beta version) has very little if any support for these and you'll have to wait for the final release of IE9 before you see any of that.  Incidentally, Chrome (and some other browsers) generally update automatically so you've always got the latest bag of goodies (Anyone for some WebGL?).

My advice would be to go get yourself a modern web browser and experience the web the way it was meant to be - today!

By: W3bjunk3y


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Browne In the pants

Browne In the pants

Because it's how I pay for my electricity with my key. You can not do this within another browser
Browne In the pants
14th Aug 16 17:50

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Jazzo

Jazzo

Chrome is terribly unstable, crashes on some websites. IE11 is solid.
Jazzo
13th Dec 13 07:37

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Lee C

Lee C

My advice is to stop whining about the "oh so terribly badly done to web designers" for actually having to do some work. So they have to support a few browsers... big deal!!! Maybe they should try being a professional software developer on mobile handsets. We used to have a target submission quota of around 95 (that's NINETY FIVE) handsets. So you'll forgive me if I couldn't care les about the whining of some HTML junkie, that has a few browsers to support.

I've used IE for years. I've used it professionally (in a professional development environment) for years. Then again, I can write the software that you can barely use, so I guess I have an advantage. If you use Chrome with genuine details, then you're a mug, and far more clueless than an IE6 user. But hey, at least you can look forward to all those lovely targeted ads Google provide you with... good luck with that. I use anything Google with a bogus account, and they'll never have anything more than that. Perhaps you should check to see if Fisher Price have a browser, it could be right up your street.
Lee C
1st Oct 13 02:13

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Pre-Raphaelite

Pre-Raphaelite

Chrome is good as long as you don't mind being tracked by Google. They do spy on you - do a search and you'll see.
Pre-Raphaelite
27th Sep 13 13:46

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Dan Gib

Dan Gib

Chrome is simply the best browser out there at the moment and I know a lot of people who have tried all the rest and swear by it. Give it a go.
Dan Gib
26th Sep 13 23:03

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Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

senSe ! How did that happen? Must be the browser :)
Maple Leaf
27th Aug 13 13:16

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Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

Internet Explorer comes with most PCs, hence it's widespread use. People with an ounce of sence ditch it and use another browser.
Maple Leaf
27th Aug 13 13:15

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Jock Peddle

Jock Peddle

Why? Because our customers still use it, that's why. Living in the real world, not a Firefox wet dream, you do tend to find that it's actually much-used browser.
Jock Peddle
24th Aug 13 21:57

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Jan

Jan

IE10 on Windows 8 is rather good actually. Some websites don't work properly on Chrome (which I prefer to use). If a website has a native app, on my phone or now on Win8, I use it rather than a browser - such as Twitter, Amazon and Argos.
Jan
18th May 13 17:38

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Teutonic Knight

Teutonic Knight

Don't buy into anything Microsoft. ALL their software is buggy and prone to crashing. Internet browsers like Mozilla Firefox are superior to IE.
Teutonic Knight
7th Apr 13 11:37

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Hate MS

Hate MS

Windows 8: what a waste of time and money. All the applications I previously bought simply do not work on this new platform. What's the point of buying a PC with an operating system that won't run applications which you have already paid substantial sums for? How dare they shut them down. How dare they say they are "incompatible". Windows 8 is incompatible with my sensibility! With my total philosophy! Close MS down. Windows 8 is for touch screen devices. Not PC Not laptops. Not real people who want to use real computers.
Hate MS
6th Apr 13 13:41

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AmyCherry

AmyCherry

I use IE9 because some websites don't work with my browser of choice, Firefox; a couple of the photo printing sites for example, and a large mobile phone website.

I find Chrome to be a little fragile, crashing too often, and I've not tried Opera since version 8 or so.

IE9 is OK, actually, but I prefer Firefox.
AmyCherry
16th Jan 12 05:31

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Oi

Oi

You can lead a horse to water...... etc etc.

You've got a current browser, others haven't. Why does it matter - and moreover, why do you even care?
Oi
20th Oct 11 08:36

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Pax-man

Pax-man

Because some websites don't work on Firefox or Safari, and you have to use IE. IE9 is actually quite good, and a lot more stable than Chrome.
Pax-man
12th Oct 11 20:07

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MP

MP

IE6 is the GLOBAL INDUSTRY STANDARD for Intranet and local web apps, so whether a bunch of snotty fools like you like it or not is of no importance to the real world.

Those who like to waste their time with pretty pictures and fancy animations till the cows come home, can use their bloated modern browser, 3rd party even to do so, and those of us busy with serious apps continue to do so in IE6 (and other versions).

So my advice to you and every other IE6 basher out there is GROW UP and SNAP OUT of your stupidity because IE6 is here to stay for a very, very, long time, courtesy of governments the world around!
MP
21st Aug 11 00:33

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