It's Finally Time to Give Up Internet Explorer for Good
Almost exactly two years ago I wrote about five reasons why you should stop using Internet Explorer. Just this week, it was reported that a security flaw was found in the browser so serious that the U.S. and U.K. governments are recommending users forgo using the Microsoft software until a patch is made available. It has been a thorn in the side of programmers and website administrators for years. It is slow and a drain on memory. Yet millions still use it thanks to its convenient bundle with Windows. IE has become the America Online of Internet browsers. It's the surfing software that people who don't know the difference between a browser and "the Google" use every day. It sucks, and this security issue should be the final blow to what has been a sinking software ship at Microsoft for years.
It still sucks.
A quick preface for those who don't understand why IE is so terrible. Not only is it slower than most browsers, less secure (even before this flaw was found) and a terrible drain on your computer's resources, it has the singular distinction of basically ignoring rules set up to make the Internet easier for everyone to use.
Certain standards exist when you're programming websites and creating apps that are accepted by every software manufacturer. This not only makes every site you visit faster to load and nicer to look at, it makes them easier to use and easier to program. It literally facilitates your ability to watch videos and read Wikipedia entries. It lets you live stream feeds on Twitter during the NBA playoffs and like status updates from friends on Facebook.
But the only company that does not fully embrace those standards is Microsoft. As a result, websites viewed in Internet Explorer often don't work the same way as with other browsers, if at all. I recently had a conversation with a client of mine -- I work in website development, for full disclosure -- who was still using an old version of IE. As a result, she was unable to use several websites important to her organization's goals, including some of the most popular third-party websites on the planet.