Internet Explorer sucks
30 March, 2006 8 Comments
Yup. It’s official. I don’t like it, but IE7 is looking better…
Firstly IE sucks for several reasons. My biggest gripe is the lack of CSS or style specification adherance, meaning different visual behaviours across browers for some sites (including this one). IE also doesn’t fully support PNG images, which is just plain stupid. And it has security issues (ok, so do others) but because it’s so highly integrated into the Windows operating system, it often leaves the OS also vulnerable to attack.
My solution – get Firefox. Seriously. Just because IE comes bundled with Windows doesn’t mean it’s the standard browser (far from it in fact!) Firefox is better for so many reasons. To name a few, it’s open source, is a small download, has tabbed browsing, built in RSS feed support, is more extendable via plugins, has better bookmark management and is generally regarded as being faster and safer.
I use it and will never look back. Ironically I suppose, to actually switch to Firefox you’ll probably use IE to download it!
To prove I don’t hate Microsoft, I decided to test IE7 beta 2, and there are some promising improvements. IE is definately playing catch-up with Firefox, and the new version now has tabbed browsing and RSS support built-in.
Other thumbs up are that the RSS support is well done, page zooming works well and it also looks like it will finally support PNG images properly.
On the downside, it still doesn’t do CSS correctly which is a serious annoyance. Perhaps this will be further improved once it’s officially released, but who knows. I still recommend Firefox.