MS Recommends Using Another Browser
December 16, 2008

(Well, duh. I've been saying THAT for years. Nice of you to jump on the bandwagon, Microsloth.)

Mention Internet Explorer to any web designer and watch that person begin ranting, gnashing their teeth and wailing.

There's nothing worse than fine-tuning the code of a website to match your design ... only to realize that YET AGAIN, the non-compliant Internet Explorer has totally bolloxed the whole thing up. Works fine in Firefox. Looks sharp in Opera and Konquerer and Safari. You're a frigging genius of the ether ...

... and it looks like pants in every version of Internet Explorer. And we're not talking some Red Monkey Jeans hip pants that all the cool kids are spending $300 a pop to look just as cool as everyone else kind of pants. No. We're talking hideous 1970s plaid pants from Herb Tarlek at WKRP kind of pants.

And. Every. Single. Version. of. IE. Has. A. Different. Problem.

Every. Single. One.

It's enough to make me go utterly stark-raving mad.

So the fact that today the BBC has an article wherein apparently Microsoft has discovered a security flaw so bad they have not yet released one of their crappy-ass half-complete updates, makes me laugh.

Instead, Microsoft suggests that you download and use another browser.

Lemme tell you something. Once you download Firefox, just keep using it. Please. Don't go back to IE. Import all of your bookmarks and preferences and passwords and all that good stuff.

And then just delete IE from your computer and never use it again. Please. PLEASE? I'm begging you. Do it for the children. Do it for the good of standards-compliant browsers around the world.

Do it before I go bald trying to write a new stylesheet for EVERY SINGLE VERSION of IE instead of writing just one stylesheet that works for all browsers the way Los Interwebz intended.

Posted by Red Monkey at December 16, 2008 4:43 AM | Blog | Design | Never Underestimate the Power of Human Stupidity | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


PandoraWilde said:

Why am I not surprised? The computer is the only machine that works better if you simply shut it off, then turn it back on again. It's not like Microsoft made such a dumbassed OS.

Oh, wait. Yeah it is...

December 16, 2008 6:19 PM


Tara R. said:

I have Macs at home and use Safari... PCs at work and ran IE7. I had no clue how bad it was until I downloaded Firefox. It was amazing.

December 16, 2008 8:54 PM


Ken said:

This is bad for sure, but I would like to correct a line in your story. On the BBC report you linked, MS "counsels against such action" related to switching browsers. They would rather you set the safety so high that you have to confirm every click rather than surf smoothly on a browser that is not affected. Those saying "switch browsers" are computer experts not associated with MS.
Naturally, I am not a fan of IE, but I just wanted to make sure the information was out there correctly.

Red Monkey says: Yes, the original BBC story made it sound as if Microsoft was actually recommending people use another browser. A subsequent update to that article and some follow-up blog posts on BBC made it clear that the BBC writers were the ones suggesting people should switch browsers and not Microsloth.
December 17, 2008 2:20 AM


Trish said:

HA! I knew it was too good to be true! Microsloth (love that name) would never recommend downloading another browser, would they? Sadly, no. Just keep on using the idiot thing and hope you'll be well.

Gave up on IE very early on - and only have it on my machine because (again sadly) I make websites for people who ONLY use IE....just kills me...

Wishing that IE would crash and burn and never be seen again...and we could all be happy with Firefox....(or anything NOT Microsloth)


December 17, 2008 10:22 AM
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