A Regular Headache
I try to catch up with my parents whenever I can. We have a certain formula to these catch ups. Always, we sit and drink coffee in the kitchen. At first the dogs fuss at our feet and eventually settle. While we move through the mundane ritual of asking the questions that nobody is really interested in, like “how’s work going?”, I clasp both hands around my coffee and let the warmth soak through the ceramic to my hands. Only half listening, I concentrate on inhaling the aroma of the caffeine beverage I have grown to love. In fact, I think I enjoy the ritualistic smelling of the coffee more then the actual drinking of it. As my mug begins to empty, we become more engaged and the conversation becomes more gossip orientated. Eventually, we are all caught up.
This is when it happens. My mother will announce that she needs my help with something, and I am ushered towards the computer. The task at hand can be anything from renewing road tax to ordering a washing machine.
Internet Explorer is their browser of choice. The sole reason for this is that it comes with the computer so it must be best one, surely? I regularly open up IE and immediately have to clear out all of the random tool bars that have appeared since my last visit. I wonder how many minutes of my life I have lost to this single task. I quietly question myself on why they can’t just use Chrome
So, Why do People still use IE?
Well, my reasoning on this is plain old fashioned ignorance. Usually, these people don’t spend much time online, and as a result are not familiar enough with browsers to know that their are alternatives out there. The W3 browser stats show that only 9.8% of people use IE as of February 2014. This is a significant improvement to the 88.5% of people that used to use IE back in January 2002.
The other people I meet that use IE are forced into using it, usually by a company that uses Microsoft Networking Solutions.
5 Reasons to NOT use IE
There are many reasons why you shouldn’t use IE. I could go on all day but for the scope of this blog I will focus on just 5 reasons.
When web developers build sites they use use HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) as the browser side language. HTML5 is a later version which allows for superior functionality in web pages. Learn more about HTML5 here. The problem is one of compatibility. Most browsers have standardised rules on the functions of certain tags. This allows developers to build sites which function in most browsers. IE does not conform to this level of standardisation. This means that not only does IE lack the functionality of other browsers, when you develop a site you need to do twice the work to see that it works properly in IE. For more formation on this contact our web development team.
Microsoft are renowned for slow bug fixes and IE is no exception. This is because Microsoft fix bugs on a fixed schedule. Unfortunately, bugs are not discovered on a schedule and no other browser fixes bugs in this way. The result of which means that IE users remain vulnerable to bugs until the next scheduled bug fix roll out.
#3 Flash Player
The topic of bugs in popular software brings Adobe’s Flash Player to mind. Internet Explorer users with Flash enabled in their browser get notified of new versions of Flash are released. However, they are left to manually install the updates themselves. While only Google Chrome silently and conveniently updates the Flash Player, IE is still functioning on an archaic notification system.
Speed is everything online. From download speed to server latency, everyone wants to be as fast as they can be. There is a benchmark in eCommerce which dictates a site load speed of 3 seconds before users lose interest in your site and bounce. The last thing a user wants is a slow browser. IE is the slowest of them all. While Chrome is generally considered the fastest browser, just about any is better the IE.
# 5 Value for money.
It seems strange to mention value for money when using a free product but lets be honest, Chrome and Firefox don’t cost us any more the IE and they are both superior products. If someone offered you a Ford Focus or a Porche 911 for free, most people would pick the Porche. IE is a bad product and their are plenty of great products out there, so why would you still use IE?