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Why you should avoid using Internet Explorer

Microsoft urgently needs to rethink and remake (from scratch, should say) their Internet Explorer browser, if they want to keep their PC Windows clients consideration on a medium level (at least). 

Some years back, in the 90's, Internet Explorer was one of the most interesting browsers to use, compared with Netscape and similar, browsers available at the time. But this time has vanished... puff!..., like Netscape. Microsoft Internet Explorer is following Netscape's path and soon will, unless Microsoft wakes up, be delivered in Windows package OS but no one will use it.


Just a simple statistic of long term trends shows the picture (source W3C):

Year Internet Explorer Firefox Mozilla Safari Opera AOL Netscape Chrome
2002 83.4% - - - - 5.2% 8.0% -
2003 84.9% - 7.2% - 1.9% - 2.6% -
2004 76.2% - 16.5% - 1.6%   1.7% -
2005 68.9% 23.6% 2.8% - 1.5% - 0.4% -
2006 60.6% 29.9% 2.5% - 1.6% - - -
2007 56.0% 36.3% 1.2% 1.8% 1.6% - - -
2008 46.0% 44.4% - 2.7% 2.4% - - 3.6%
2009 37.2% 46.4% - 3.6% 2.3% - - 9.8%
2010 27.5% 43.5% - 3.8% 2.2% - - 22.4%
2011 20,2% 37.7% - 4.2% 2.5% - - 34.6%
2012 14.7% 31.1% - 4.2% 2.1% - - 46.9%

Why in just 10 years, Microsoft's Internet Explorer falls from 83,4% usage to 14,7%? The two simple reasons, just in case you haven't noticed it yet, are because Internet Explorer is the least compatible browser still active, and the browser that doesn't support the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. What this means, in simple words, is that most of the current advanced, user friendly, user experience focused, fast, lightweight websites, appear in Microsoft's Internet Explorer completely broken or not as the webpages render in any of the other browsers.

In our case, the JPro Extensions website and on our client's websites, currently (Jan. 2013), analytics show that Internet Explorer visitors are just an average of 3,1%. That says a lot!

Year after year, web designers and developers, have been working on websites to make them cross browser compatible, and in most cases with a huge degree of success, but… Internet Explorer doesn't need just a few simple fixes or css tricks to display a webpage correctly, but a whole stylesheet to make a website look near similar to how it renders in other main browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera, and even though, some of the W3C standards can't be accomplished and rendered correctly on Microsoft browser. 

From a hardware perspective, Microsoft Internet Explorer is slower, uses more CPU power and more screen area just for its own frame and toolbars, rather than using it to actually display a webpage.

If you open a webpage on each of the other major browsers referred, Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Opera, you'll notice that they all display the same page similarly, and you can, in fact, browse it without errors or webpage elements missing or out of place. The reason for this is that they all are making a big effort to meet W3C standards, they all are making a big effort to show you the webpage as it was thought and designed to be displayed. And they do it quite well!

Back to the "decadent" Internet Explorer, and just in case you haven't noticed yet, give any of the other browsers a try and you'll realize what you've been missing while using Internet Explorer to browse the web. A simple test you can make, if you're reading this and using Internet Explorer, is by opening any or all the other browsers and come back to www.jproextensions.com - in the other browsers, what you see is what you get, while in Internet Explorer, what you see is what you shouldn't! And if you still don't believe it, try any other websites and see the differences between IE and the other browsers!

After reading this you'll probably forget that your Windows OS comes with a browser (IE), at least until Microsoft realizes that either they follow the main stream rules of compatibility and usability or their Internet Explorer browser will follow Netscape steps and vanish forever.

If you don't know how to get the free download versions compatible with W3C and your operating system, here are the links, and enjoy your new web experience of the 21st century!

Firefox: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/
Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari/
Google Chrome: https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/
Opera: http://www.opera.com 

or for all major browser, visit www.browsehappy.com

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