Microsoft has long championed its own proprietary web browser, Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 7.0 proves to be the current browser version promoted by the operating system behemoth. This comes installed on every computer that operates on the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating systems. Although this Internet Explorer is the most commonly utilized web browser on earth, it has begun to suffer from an eroding loss of market share. This latest version 7.0 turned out to be the first significant update to the proprietary web browser in longer than five years. Some useful feature updates came with it. The truth is that there are a number of significant problems with using Internet Explorer, five of which are covered in the following paragraphs.
1. Security Issues
In today’s cyber-hacker era that we all live in, by far and away the most important element of an Internet browser is its security features. Passwords, bank account and credit account numbers, and personal identity are all at the mercy of these web browsers. Internet Explorer possesses a number of fatal security flaws. As greater numbers of criminal elements went after Internet Explorer since it possesses the largest market share of the web browsing market, more holes in the browser’s security were uncovered, leading to major security issues that hackers are capable of using to their advantage. The top story on Yahoo! one night explained why Internet Explorer had an easily exploited back door that allowed anyone with sophisticated know how the ability to access all of the information on a user’s computer. There were no plans on the drawing board at Microsoft to even address this critical failure, at the time the story was published. The article recommended using any other browser besides the one created by Microsoft.
2. Speed Issues
Although it is still the most heavily utilized web browser in the world, Internet Explorer has long since ceased to be the fastest one on the market. Rival Mozilla Firefox boasts twice the speed of Internet Explorer. This extends to not only navigating from one web page to the next, but also in downloading files off of the Internet to your laptop or desktop computer, and in launching the web browser in the first place. Speed matters significantly if you are interested in accomplishing a number of tasks in a limited amount of time.
3. Resource Consumption Issues
Microsoft had no qualms about over utilizing computer system resources when Internet Explorer was first created. The latest version does not address this issue. Internet Explorer is a computer resource hog that takes up a huge portion of the available computer resources whenever it is running or even sitting idle.
4. Features and Option Issues
As painful as it is to say to the fans of Internet Explorer, the browser simply lacks the numbers of features and options that the rival browsers like Firefox and Opera boast. When you right click your mouse on a tab in Internet Explorer, you receive only a few limited options such as close tabs, refresh all, new tab, etc. This might sound like a lot to the inexperienced computer users, but with Firefox, there are eight or more choices offered when the same operation is performed.
5. Add On Issues
Microsoft has always been too proud and monopolistic to integrate other companies’ products. Internet Explorer simply does not provide support for a great variety of the freely available extensions. This sad lack of extensions and add-ons in the browser causes it to be hard to properly customize Internet Explorer. Therefore, the most optimal browsing experience is elusive with Microsoft’s web browser. Other rivals to Internet Explorer, such as Firefox, easily allow plug-ins and add-ons to be integrated, greatly enhancing the user experience.