Friday, May 12, 2006

Why is Microsoft still in the browser business?

Has anyone seen the new Internet Explorer 7.0? Why is Microsoft still making this bloated software that is the biggest security risk you can own? I am a Windows user so I don't flame Microsoft as a hobby. But the Internet Explorer needs to go the way of Microsoft Bob. I have used Mozilla and now Firefox for a couple of years now because IE is slow and limits control of your browsing experience. Did I mention it is bloated? About 4x larger than Firefox and yet renders pages slower. What does the new version of IE offer? RSS feed and tabs... Hello Firefox and Opera have had those for years. Better security? When the browser is your primary connection to the internet, tying the browser into the core of your OS seems to be recipe for diasater. I would venture to say half of the security updates for Windows are IE related.

Why doesn't Microsoft just bag the whole IE package and buy Opera or put a team of eight full time developers on the Mozilla Project? The browser is an improtant part of the World Wide Web but not a money making part of the OS. It is important for Microsoft and its MSN division (featuring HoTMaiL) to keep appraised of the browser but there is little innovation left in this generation of the web. Maybe when Internet 2.0 is a reality the browser will be a hot commodity again. Until then IE should join its trusty stalwarts MS-DOS, FoxPro and Bob in the Microsoft retirement home.

My browser setup:
Firefox 1.5.0.3
w/Adblock
w/NoScript
w/FasterFox

4 Comments:

Blogger brien said...

all you need to add is ... "and get a mac" and "amen" and this is complete :D

10:57 PM  
Blogger Blur said...

Brien, I will not get into the OSX vs Windows debate. Let's say this OSX is nice but I have never seen a fortune 100 company running anything but Windows on the desktop (Maybe Sun Micro). IBM and HP use Windows and they are the leaders of the Linux movement.
To each his own...

11:26 PM  
Blogger ekki said...

Thanks, I had never heard of fasterfox. There are so many things you can do with firefox. I love it!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Blur said...

Ekki,
Fasterfox is pretty sweet, especially if you are using cable broadband (nice performance bump). My network is military satellite so it is a mild improvement but still worth it.

Thank you, come again!

11:39 PM  

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