Internet Explorer, the Default Browser of Microsoft’s Windows Systems has tons of Shortcomings and we all know this fact and most of us have switched over to other browsers like Firefox/Chrome/Safari. But, Many of us do not take time to find out what’s exactly wrong with Internet Explorer and what makes talented Web Designers detest this browser.
Lack of Smartness :
Any software is rated by it’s ability to understand the user’s expectations and function accordingly. Internet Explorer is simply not usable and is not smart in any way. The simple screenshot below explains an Illustration of the same.
In the IE Screenshot the Tab with Google Search website is open and therefore the X (close the tab) is displayed against it. But, the tab of another website before that does not display the (X) even when the mouse is hovered on it. This means that it isn’t possible to close a tab while you are concentrating on the other one. You will have to toggle to the other tab in order to close it. Small things like this one makes huge differences. Other Browsers like Safari/Chrome/Firefox display the (X) when the mouse is hovered on it thus easing the process and making your browsing experience memorable.
IE thinks it’s too smart :
Seriously, Internet Explorer thinks it’s too smart and secure by popping up useless notifications before downloading files and running Active X modules. The best part is it displays a Popup saying that a Pop up was blocked. NSS Labs has said that IE is the most secure browser around for more security against socially targeted malware. :D
Lack of Effective Add-ons :
Internet Explorer does not have an Extensive collection of Add-ons like Firefox/Chrome does. Instead it contains an array of Useless commercial Browser toolbars that greatly reduce the stability of any browser. The IE Add-ons Gallery by Microsoft contains some accelerators which are easily achieved with add-ons like FastestFox/FastestChrome. Apple has announced that developers are welcome to make add-ons for their Safari browser. Looks like it’s Microsoft’s turn to wake up.
Fails all Web Standard Tests :
Non-compliance with Modern Web Standards :
Internet Explorer is not compatible with many modern web standards and with users still using the archaic Internet Explorer 6 without updating , developers feel the heat. But, Internet Explorer 9 has been declared to support all the modern web standards making it more usable.
I strongly feel that Internet Explorer needs more improvement. Microsoft has got good potential and with software like Office, Security Essentials it has proved the same. I hope they come out with a better IE (version 9) and get back their glory. I am sticking to Chrome/Safari as of now. Do tell us which browser you use in the comments section below.
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