IE Quickly Becoming Why-E

Microsoft once dominated the world of internet browsing, but yesterday their market share dropped to below 60% for the first time.

Internet Explorer became king of the browsers back in 1996 when Microsoft began bundling IE 2 with Windows 95, cutting off Netscape’s route to a viable market. Ironically, Internet Explorer began life beating out a technically superior product, and now it is ending it’s life being beaten out by a number of technically superior products.

Firefox, the free browser from the Mozilla Foundation, has developed a reputation for being faster, more secure and more recently, more feature-packed than it’s cumbersome rival. Techies recommend Firefox as part of a security regime to stave off online threats.

Google’s Chrome is a relative newcomer to the browser war, but who better to improve the browsing experience than Google?

One hindrance to IE has been web developers railing against Microsoft’s stubborn reluctance to comply with web standards respected by almost every other browser. Ask any web designer about building sites for Internet Explorer 6, you’ll get an unpleasant earful.

With Firefox at around 24.5% of the market, Chrome at 6.7% and Apple’s Safari at 4.7%, it’s clear that people are finally choosing a better experience.

Source: BBC

Written by Toby Leftly

Toby is a Mac nerd, a hardware nerd and a web nerd, rolled into one. You can find him at accentmedia.ca or on Twitter.
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#1
g24
May 5th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

“rest in peace” is too kind for IE – for all the grief and misery it causes, I think “rot in hell” would be more appropriate.

 
 
#2
Jeroen Marechal
May 6th, 2010 at 1:52 am

I totally agree. IE 6 only caused trouble and never did its job in a good way.

 
 
#3
angel
May 6th, 2010 at 11:52 am

personally i cant wait to see ie6 dead. i mean it, a good web designer must to be good anyhow but ie6 is… is… past

 
 
#4
Connor Crosby
November 13th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I am a web developer and it is so annoying to have to write separate code for IE6. I agree with the others, it shouldn’t be rest in piece, more like rot in hell.

 

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