A Note to Internet Explorer Users

No IE7Please, PLEASE stop using Internet Explorer, if for no other reason but this: You won’t see all websites the way they were meant to be seen. Internet Explorer (from here on out refered to simply as “IE”) does not support many features that other modern browsers support, and what it does support, it does badly. The most recent release (IE7) fixes some issues that previous releases had, but for some reason, Microsoft still refuses to support what other browsers have been supporting for years. For example, check out my most recent post on the new Safari browser. If you view the post in any other modern browser it looks fine, but if you view it in IE, the image has a strange gray background (PNG transparency,) and the list items don’t look right.

Using IE puts a strain on web developers, and they often have to create and use “hacks” and work-arounds just for IE. This is simply unacceptable. It creates non standards-compliant websites, and often forces webmasters to leave out features they would otherwise include. Many web developers also live by the “Screw IE” philosophy, which means that web pages will look silly to you only because you use IE. The same page will look great if you’re using another browser. Is it really worth it?

Many people are afraid to switch because they don’t like change, and they’re afraid to learn a new piece of software. Modern browsers have a very small learning curve, and only take a few minutes to get the hang of. In fact, switching to IE7 will be more difficult to learn than changing to Firefox. What are you waiting for?

Want another reason? Security. IE has many security flaws the other browsers have fixed. IE is a target for hackers. Do you like viruses, spyware and adware? Then keep using IE. Using a different browser instantly makes your browsing significantly safer.

Firefox LogoSo which browser should you switch to? There are many free choices available. I prefer Firefox for many reasons, and so do 77% of my readers. It all comes down to personal preference, but for first switching from IE, I recommend Firefox. Here are links to some of the most popular alternatives:


Those are some of the more popular browsers, and I have personally used and highly recommend all of them.

Note: When you install a new browser, do not uninstall Internet Explorer. You will still need it for many Microsoft features including Windows Update. Isn’t it nice of Microsoft to refuse other browsers to use their services? There are also still a few online services which require IE like banks, some colleges, etc.

Need more convincing? Go here or here or here or here or here or here or here…there are many more.

3 thoughts on “A Note to Internet Explorer Users”

  1. I have just switched from IE to Firefox. I have always used IE for the simple reason that I didn’t have to install it, it was just there. For the past couple of weeks I have been shocked at the number of websites which not only display incorrectly but some do not work at all in Firefox. An example is my favourite internet radio station. Works 100% in IE but not at all in Firefox. Even Google talk gadget wouldn’t work the other day but worked fine in IE.

    I am JMR from JMRPub.com

  2. Hi JMR from JMRPub.com

    Congrats on switching over to firefox! Yes, there are some things that only work in IE due to the technology they use for it. In that case, Firefox has a built-in submittion report to let them know about it, so they can try to fix the problem.

    In Firefox, go to Help->Report Broken Website and it will let you explain the issue.I’ve never had a problem with Google Talk inside Firefox. That’s strange, Google supports Firefox, so this may be an issue with your settings.

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