Why Do You Use IE?

Why Do You Use IE?I just took a snapshot of the browsers used by the last 100 visitors to this site. Microsoft's Internet Explorer won easily, with most using an older version like 8, 7 or (gasp!) even 6. Here's a pretty chart for you.


For those of you using IE by choice, I'm curious why. I'm not trying to be a tech snob here, I'm sincerely curious. Is it because you've never tried an alternative browser like Chrome or is IE just your preference?

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Lyle Lanley

IE user here.

It was there when I started this new laptop and I dare not mess with it!

So you could say it won by default.

July 12, 2012 @ 1:30 PM


Why not? It does the basics most people require.

July 12, 2012 @ 1:44 PM


Safari user here.

Real Mac bigots like myself use Safari.

July 12, 2012 @ 1:47 PM

Louis Lazaris

Why Are New Browsers Better?

Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera have a number of advantages over IE browsers, including:

Far fewer instances of crashing or freezing.
Much more secure from virus, malware, and browser hijacking attacks.

Much faster page-loading.
Larger page-viewing area.

A large variety of useful optional plugins and add-ons that add extra features to improve Web browsing.

Unlike IE9 and the upcoming IE10, they can be installed on Windows XP.

New browsers will automatically update to the latest version, or will notify you to download an update.

About Automatic Updating
The last point in the list above mentions the fact that new browsers will automatically notify you of an update-this is a good thing. When you have a browser that's kept up-to-date automatically, you get a number of important benefits in addition to those already mentioned. These include:

You'll rarely, if ever, come across a website that says "your browser cannot view this website."

If any known security vulnerabilities are present, they will be fixed automatically.

Every time your browser is upgraded, your browser becomes faster, meaning that the time you spend waiting for pages to load will be minimal.

Old browsers like IE7 and IE8 will not automatically notify you to update, so if you continue to use an old browser, your experience on the Web will become less secure (and less enjoyable as the months go by).

Extensions and Add-ons
As mentioned in the bullet list above, one of the features of new browsers is the ability to add extensions, plugins, and add-ons.

July 12, 2012 @ 1:53 PM


I'm in QA, and IE is (unfortunately) the main browser our users have, IE8 being our minimum standard at present (actually that's not true - we're supporting IE7 in some cases). It's a horrible beast IMO. It's evolved for the better in later releases, but the number of times we have to re-work a feature just so that it plays nicely with IE (especially when it comes to CSS) is just insane.

Chrome is *my* main browser of choice though, and they'll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands.

July 12, 2012 @ 1:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I used IE until 2004 when I switched to Firefox 0.9. I even wrote about the switch here: http://www.torontomike.com/2004/06/firefox_09.html

The last couple of years, however, I've been strictly using Chrome. It's fast, stable, has great add-ons and makes me a happy web surfer.

July 12, 2012 @ 2:01 PM



If you have an Android, you MUST MUST MUST check out the Chrome2Phone extension. One click info/link transfer to your phone for viewing later.

July 12, 2012 @ 2:05 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


As a matter of fact, I do have an Android phone!

I'll check that out for sure. Thanks!

July 12, 2012 @ 2:07 PM


Chrome all the way. But when working in our CMS, I unfortunately have to use IE.

@Cbab I am totally going to try that Chrome2Phone too!

July 12, 2012 @ 2:11 PM

Ryan G

"I just took a snapshot of the browsers used by the last 100 visitors to this site."

This sentence made me feel a little dirty and violated.

July 12, 2012 @ 2:44 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Ryan G

Every site collects that data, I'm just honest about it.

By the way, how's that Sony VAIO VPC-EB12FX/BI 15.5-Inch Laptop working out for you? And I see you enjoy POV videos on RedTube....

July 12, 2012 @ 2:57 PM


I seldom use IE. Chrome works better, faster with fewer problems for the work and searches I perform.

July 12, 2012 @ 3:04 PM

Ryan G

@Toronto Mike.

Well you're partially correct.

I prefer xhamster because when you hover your cursor over the preview vid you get snapshots of what's to come, thereby making the process much more efficient. Excellent work Science!

July 12, 2012 @ 3:15 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

How many advances on the web do we owe to the porn industry?


July 12, 2012 @ 3:19 PM

Jason Patterson

IE and FF suck. Chrome or Safari all the way.

July 12, 2012 @ 4:00 PM

519 Rob

I use IE mostly because I am generally indifferent.
I have no choice at work, IE it is.
At home, I tried Chrome (you had to use it to watch a special Arcade Fire video).
I still use IE mostly because I am a creature of habit.

July 12, 2012 @ 4:05 PM


With the Blogger by Google update changes of this month, my Firefox 3.6 browser started giving fits at that site. I'll update my browser shortly. However when the log-in page failed a week ago (telling me my browser was out of date), I tried IE6. No Dice. But trusty old Netscape 7.2 still worked it way through! Netscape can still play videos without needing add-ons; it seemed to only get struck when loading certain Advert stuff (which is nearly everywhere now). Then I copied the Dashboard web address and pasted that into Firefox 3.6. Ta-da.
BTW, I still use the Netscape 7's E-mail program; Firefox and Netscape 8 did not include an e-mail program. At least IE 6 arrived, pre-loaded, with a companion Microsoft E-mail program.
Last Night Blogger's photo upload form page defaulted to its prior version. I assume they are getting various complaints daily about Google's overall changes of this year.
In the long run, I expect to see browser ownerships and major website ownerships forging together into competing proprietary sub-Internets. Like having specific cable channels only available through specific Satellite Services.

Whenever I have checked to download a copy of Google Chrome (often when I'm at another PC), they refuse to inform me of how large their actual download is, and what its system requirements are. That's the same as my trying to order services from Rogers; they never mention a regular price, or other hidden fees - and refuse to do so. They always have a special dealer, or a special offer. They just will not state their price levels and product details.

July 12, 2012 @ 6:19 PM


I use IE because I'm used to it. I know it works and if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

July 12, 2012 @ 8:42 PM

Rick C in Oakville

I got rid of IE a few years ago when one of my kids downloaded some music from napster and it gave my PC a venereal disease which took more than penicillin to cleanse. Firefox has been fairly rock steady, but the constant updates has disabled some toolbar functions i use to have for convenience.

July 12, 2012 @ 8:43 PM

Jody Thornton

I enjoy Seamonkey. Yes the interface is a bit Netscape-like by default, but I've tweaked with a Firefox v2 skin. Plus I only run a single toolbar for everything. So I have the speed and appearance of a classic older looking browser, but the updates to the Firefox Gecko engine as soon as they are released.

July 12, 2012 @ 8:54 PM

Blind Dave

I was using Netscape back at the turn of the century (man, that seems a long time ago!) along with their emailer, and over time I moved to Firefox and Thunderbird. I like Firefox because it has text zoom, so I don't have to scroll left and right when I blow up the font on a webpage.

I've never warmed to IE, and I am not an anti-microsoft snob. I'll give credit where credit is due. I have a new computer at work, and I actually have no idea which version of IE is running, because I just installed Firefox and use that as my default browser.

July 12, 2012 @ 9:37 PM


This whole post reeks of tech snobs. But I guess you are all so `cool` for not using IE.

July 13, 2012 @ 5:43 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


You've got it all wrong. It's not snobbery when there's all options are free and there are several intelligent and reasonable reasons to pick one of the four main alternatives.

This would have been a snob post:

Why do you listen to top 40 pop? You could be listening to Radiohead or Jack White or Blind Lemon Jefferson!

See the difference? Music is strictly subjective, and I'm judging tastes. Another example of a snob post is this:

Why do you drive a Honda Civic? It's such a pedestrian automobile! You should be driving an Audi S5!

Suggesting people ditch IE for Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera is not snobbery.

July 13, 2012 @ 8:14 AM


First thing I did when I joined my new job and was assigned a new system was check the browser - which was Explorer- and asked the tech team guys if it was ok to download Firefox & Chrome. He did one better - he copied the installation files to my system in the next couple of minutes.

July 13, 2012 @ 9:04 AM


I use IE because that is what works best with my screen reading software. Firefox works alright, but IE is less clunky for me.

July 13, 2012 @ 4:16 PM


Gopher for the gold!

July 13, 2012 @ 7:34 PM

Jason from Sudbury

I also use IE because I'm a creature of habbit. Using IE8 though. Really don't like IE9. But used IE10 at my friend's house a few days ago and it's not bad.

July 13, 2012 @ 8:01 PM


Any computer I set up gets both Firefox and Chrome set up on it, I am responsible for about 300 computers (not counting servers) and I can't imagine anyone with a choice using IE in any way. There are just way too many support incidents I have run into where IE is the culprit. Saying "it just works" is incorrect, it doesn't. All of our websites we develop are completely standards based and they never work quite right without a ton of tweaking.

July 13, 2012 @ 9:12 PM


It's 2012.

Anyone who develops a website that only works in IE needs to be publicly shamed and have their computer access taken away.

July 14, 2012 @ 12:25 AM

Neville Ross

I use Opera, Rock Melt, Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Avant, and Orca (the brother browser of Avant.)

July 14, 2012 @ 3:29 AM


IE Users simply don't know better.. Really because if they used FireFox or Chrome they would realize how crap IE is.

Plain and simple...

Nothing wrong with it that..

July 14, 2012 @ 8:48 AM

Neville Ross

(continued....) I don't ever use IE, and I have it disabled (my official browser is now Rock Melt, but sometimes I will used the others I've mentioned.)

July 14, 2012 @ 12:38 PM

Mike from Lowville

Winsock. Remember that? How about Netscape? Those were my first after BBS. I use G-Chrome on my lap-T. EI on my desk-T. EI at work 'cause corporate says so.

July 17, 2012 @ 6:12 PM


I don't use Chrome because I don’t like the fact that Google is cataloging all my information and selling it to the heists bidder.

January 7, 2014 @ 8:49 AM

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