March 29 2011

Should you upgrade to Internet Explorer 9?

Posted on the 04:32 am under Microsoft by Darren Boyer

It might have been only a few weeks since the introduction of Windows’ browser Internet Explorer 9, but it seems to have failed to impress the casual internet user.

Within the first few weeks of its release various issues have been reported, but we will discuss only five of those here. Mentioned here are five reasons not to choose Internet Explorer 9 for your home or small business browser.  For our corporate clients, your Grande Prairie, Alberta Computer specialists are taking care of the deployment of Internet Explorer 9 as part of our full service managed IT services plan.  You have nothing to worry about.  We are taking care of it for you.

  1. Internet Explorer 9 is not compatible with operating systems like Mac OS X or Linux. On top of that, it works only with Windows 7 and Vista. This means those who still rely on Windows XP are out of luck.  Windows XP continues to be used by more than half of Windows users out there; unfortunately, you won’t be able to use IE9.
  2. Internet Explorer 9 does not have much to offer when it comes to performance. While it does surpass its predecessors, it just cannot match up to the speed with which pages are loaded on competing browsers like Chrome and Firefox.
  3. The IE9 download process makes it a compulsion for 64-bit Windows users to install the inferior 64-bit version which is a lot slower than Chrome or Firefox when it comes to JavaScript. The downloading process would be a lot more hassle free, and users would be less irritated if the folks at Windows made the 64-bit version download an option.
  4. Another reason you should not opt for Internet Explorer 9 is because of several security-related problems that come with it. First off, it doesn’t alert you if you’re not running the latest plug-in. Chrome and Firefox, however, have different features to stop attacks coming in through plug-ins. Another troublesome issue is IE9’s Tracking Protection feature which lets tracking activity happen because of the loopholes in its multiple Tracking Protection Lists.
  5. IE 9 has been found not displaying multiple sites properly, and despite all the noise about it supporting H.264 in the HTML 5 video standards, it just can’t support HTML 5 well enough.

 

Written by Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer is the founder and president of pcit.

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