The Reasons Why I Dont Use Internet Explorer

Every now and then, I use Internet Explorer just to see how an application behaves with the dreaded browser from Microsoft. The results at times are surprising, to say the least. Using IE usually involves using Windows, which I don’t use that often. But, I have my old, trusty Windows XP, running in Virtualbox.

Inside Windows XP, I have a slightly older Internet Exporer 7. I want to upgrade to IE9, but there is a slight problem. When I headed over to Microsoft’s website, I learned that I can’t run IE9 on Windows XP. Microsoft suggests that I upgrade to Windows 7. No thanks. So, the best I can do with this Windows XP, is go with IE8. I guess I can do that, but I need another computer to test IE9.

In the meantime, I decided to blog just a little. I logged in to WordPress using IE7. Guess what? WordPress complained that I’m using an insecure browser the moment I logged in to the WordPress Dashboard. The message is right up there on top of the page, inside a bright red background. You can’t miss it.

So, I decided to write a quick blog, and then the unimaginable happened. The IE7 browser disappeared. It’s gone in a puff of smoke, right before my eyes. Where did it go? It crashed! It’s a good thing, I pressed ‘Save Draft’ just moments before its disappearance. So, now I’m using Google Chrome to complete this post.

Oh, what fun. And I still have to test that dreaded application with IE7, IE8 and IE9. I can’t wait what’s in store for me.

IE9 Will Not Run on Windows XP

Microsoft has been pushing hard to get Windows users to adopt IE9. Interestingly enough, the target seems to be just half the audience. It’s similar to shooting at one half of the target. The main reason for this is that IE 9, will not work on Windows XP.

Considering that 54% of Windows users are still running Windows XP, it looks like Microsoft is quite limited as to where it can push IE9. Or could it be Microsoft’s way of forcing users to upgrade to Windows 7. But, it’s highly unlikely, because Windows XP users can easily download and run the Chrome and Firefox.

The interesting question is, will IE9 change the browser market share? Probably not. I see more and more people switching to tablets and smart phones to access the web. It’s an area where IE has very little presence. So, expect Firefox and Chrome use to continue to rise. It will be interesting to see how the browser market share will look like in a few years.

IE9 Beta

Microsoft IE9 “Platform Preview” is now available for download. It doesn’t have the all the features revealed at the moment, but we hope it will support web standards CSS3 and HTML5. From the looks of it, IE9 will not run on Windows XP. It requires at least a Vista SP2 OS. Microsoft engineers think the browser is going to be “crazy” fast. I don’t know what that means, but we will just have to wait and see.