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Comment of the Day: Internet Explorer Fans Bite Back

We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

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This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We offered five reasons why you should stop using Internet Explorer now.

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One reader came to IE's defense.

rommels wrote:

I'll play devil's advocate here.

1. Fraction of a second, even seconds doesn't determine which browser is better.

2. This all depends on on which companies are conducting the test. There have been reports that Internet Explorer is the most secured browser out there, even with malware. Sophos, even indicated that Internet Explorer is still the most secure browser. So, it just depends on who is doing the test.

3. Microsoft got rid of other versions of IE citing low downloads, namely in UNIX, in 2002. Then again, who has a UNIX workstation running at home? So author's argument is mute, and it shouldn't be even part of his justification not to use IE.

4. Microsoft has address this with Internet Explorer 9, and in fact, each tab now has its own processes. If one tab freezes, it doesn't take the entire browser down - unlike version 7 & 8.

5. I'll even put an excerpt from the article: "IE creates all sorts of problems for developers because Microsoft doesn't deal with the nuts and bolts of the Internet in the same way as other companies."

I most would certainly believe that the above is true if we are still in 2001, the year Internet Explorer 6 was introduce and dominated the Internet. In the last 5 years or so, Microsoft has changed their ways and has embraced Internet standard....so basically it is preference, and usually IT Implementer tends to think what is right for them, or their preference or beliefs, should be the one that is right for the company that they are working for. I've seen too many of them already. =D

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