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Google unseats Microsoft as the U.S. browser powerhouse

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post

    People who tried it back when it was rubbish and switched to something else either simply
    never went back cos they were happy with what they had, or think IE is still crap. The IE-
    bashers on tech and social media sites haven't helped either.
    I left mostly because it implemented features very, very late (pop up blockers, tabbed browsing, etc). It did not offer the popular add-ons that I liked. And it was a security nightmare.

    I didn't come back because
    #1). I use a lot of computers and the synchronized feature of Google Chrome has kept me seeing the same stuff no matter where I am
    #2). I use Linux and Apple as well as Windows. I like having a consistent experience across all of these OS's. And #1 in the list, makes #2 her possible.

    So, my reasons for not using it have nothing whatsoever to do with security, or how good the browser is/isn't.

    I too started on the web long before IE came around. I used to use Compuserve to surf the web, and then Netscape.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 91
    windows 7 & 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I think the last time I used IE was around IE5. I only use it when "I have to". Like when I have to launch Microsoft Dynamics at work.
    And I think that's a major issue with IE, which must affect its popularity.

    People who tried it back when it was rubbish and switched to something else either simply
    never went back cos they were happy with what they had, or think IE is still crap. The IE-
    bashers on tech and social media sites haven't helped either.

    Well, it isn't rubbish, and hasn't been for quite some time. And no, Fred, it's not 'dangerous' to
    use, not now. I've had no IE-related issues at all with either IE9, 10 or 11. The beta version of
    IE11 was crap, but it was only a beta, after all.

    I switched from IE6 to Firefox, mainly for its tabbed browsing, which IE didn't have, but also
    for security reasons. I stayed with FF until the Win 7 beta was released, and so tried IE again.
    I was favourably impressed and have remained with it since. IE11 is as good as anything else
    and better than most. None of the old IE-bashing stories apply any longer, including the claims
    that it's a security nightmare.

    If there is one thing I'd like to see changed, it's for IE to have a decent ad-blocker. And for Flash
    to be removed so I can update it when I want to, not when MS wants to. Other than that, I'm
    perfectly happy and at-home with IE.

    Disclaimer: No, I'm not an IE fanboi, I also run Firefox on both laptops and the tablet, and the
    Tor browser as well. I've tried Opera, Chrome and Safari, among others, but they're either too
    minimalist or are incompatible with some add-ons etc.

    And my first browser was Netscape Navigator... that 'dates' me a bit!!


    Wenda.
    I will have to disagree, I still have issues with IE11, I had far less problems with IE10. However, I can connect to a problem site with Chrome or FF and no issues. they all seem about the same to me speed wise, except FF takes forever to load.

    Your security statement comes on the heels of MS most recent issue, where Microsoft themselves told everyone to stop using it.

    I use Chrome, I love the extensions, their apps store, and their themes. Chrome, also has it's own built-in flash, making it the most secure browser, with exception to Safari. You can edit your passwords, via settings. It also automatically synch's to the last time used, no matter where you are. Chrome is far from perfect, but exceedingly superior to IE, IMHO.

    I would never return to IE, to much of a headache. I use it only when I must.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 219
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I have come back to ie myself this past year, though I run it side by side with Firefox. I don't like shopping etc from same browser where I log into Facebook or gmail. Next thing you know, everywhere you go you get adds for the things you once searched for. Very annoying.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 219
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    I had to ditch chrome because pepper flash was killing me. Every flash video stuttered like crazy. I just could not deal with it any more.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
    I had to ditch chrome because pepper flash was killing me. Every flash video stuttered like crazy. I just could not deal with it any more.
    You do know that you can disable "pepper flash", and just install the adobe flash player in Chrome, right? Just install the Adobe Player and then go to Chrome://plugins and disable Pepper flash.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 216
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Well, it isn't rubbish, and hasn't been for quite some time. And no, Fred, it's not 'dangerous' to use, not now. I've had no IE-related issues at all with either IE9, 10 or 11. The beta version of
    IE11 was crap, but it was only a beta, after all.
    Right there with you Wenda. IE has been getting better and better over the years but since IE10, it is now rated as the most secure browser.

    On a different note, these stats were released by Adobe, counting visits, not users. Most other reports still have IE far ahead here in the U.S. Of course, some will say that's because many companies force you to have IE. But then we can argue the stats for including all the Android phones, etc, etc,

    The point is, if you haven't used IE lately you're missing out on a fast, compliant and secure browser.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 176
    Windows 8.1


    I use Firefox as my default browser and IE as my secondary browser. My first on-line experience was with Prodigy on dial-up. (Yes I'm that old.). Then a local internet provider started and I purchased a copy of Netscape from Electronics Boutique. It's not that I think Firefox is better than IE, I'm just more familiar with Firefox.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 87
    Windows 7 Pro 64


    I think much IE usage is because IT departments use it as default and only support IE. At my work for example they disabled Chrome and many of our corporate applications only work with IE (i.e. sharepoint). At home I use chrome. I was a year-long FF user, but the memory leaks, and crashes killed my patience. Even if chrome was allowed, if i have a problem and call IT the first thing they would say they only support IE.

    I have no idea why one would need all the extensions and customizations. All I need in chrome is xmark to sync my bookmarks with work (wouldn't even need that if at work I had chrome). One has to remember the more extensions installed, the more potential for problems. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    IE is actually better than chrome in regards to overall performance on battery operated PCs, let alone security and certain privacy concerns that IE doesn't have.

    It's all the noise that says IE sucks when it really doesn't is the problem.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 87
    Windows 7 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    IE is actually better than chrome in regards to overall performance on battery operated PCs, let alone security and certain privacy concerns that IE doesn't have.

    It's all the noise that says IE sucks when it really doesn't is the problem.
    what does battery operation to do with performance between browsers? Are you saying when the laptop is plugged in, chrome is faster, and when on battery IE? IMHO Chrome is more responsive.
    Regarding security I think they all have their flaws and today chrome has a security hole, and tomorrow IE, and the day after tomorrow FF.

    My personal experience is Chrome is faster and crashes less with sites that play videos (flash, real player etc.). I'm speaking about plugged in desktop, if that matters.
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