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Windows 7: Why I may switch to IE

25 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Why I may switch to IE

I have loved Chrome, on account of it being by Google, wicked fast, and lightweight. However, I have started to see some nasty features.

Note that I am on the Dev branch.

Chrome is simply not fully compatible with many sites. Many times if a page does not display correctly, it loads fine in FF and IE. The WYSIWYG editor of vBulletin is not supported in Chrome. That means to create bold text, I cannot use Ctrl-B.

If I want to show a username in the correct font (for example, the gold color), I need to manually set the colors. In FF and probably IE, you can just copy/paste the name.

The spell checker in Chrome is a joke. Not only the lack of suggestions, which you all know about, but in the past few weeks it no longer allows me to add words to the dictionary. That means that every time I type DVD, it marks it as wrong, and there's nothing I can do about it.

It seems other users are having the same issues. Hopefully it will be fixed in the next Dev release.

A major concern is the lack of a master password like FF has. That means that anyone that has access to my browsers could see all my passwords, provided they knew where to look. I am taking my chances saving my passwords on any shared machines. I feel safe only because I am the only one that uses Chrome, and the others don't know how to access the options.

Also relating to passwords, you cannot undo it if you select Never For This Site for saving passwords.

Unlike every other browser, it is impossible to remove individual sites from the browsing history, or delete individual saved urls from the omnibar.

Chrome has less options to tweak. Tabs open up the same; there is no setting for switching to a new tab when opened.

Hopefully some of these features will be added or fixed int he future, but in the mean time, I will use FF.

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25 Jan 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

JK

Nice thorough post. Kudos
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25 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

very nice in depth and informative post. personally i never really found chrome all that impressive and i love google, maybe it was just a bit to minimal for my taste. i'll continue to stick to FF until it no longer works for me.
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25 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

Continue using Chrome for the time being and jump to IE9 as soon as the first technical preview is available. At least I'm following this strategy.
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25 Jan 2010   #5

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7600
 
 

A very objective post Jonathan_King

Individuals tend to use, or stick with a specific browser for many reasons, not least amongst them, familiarity and ease of use. If, however, your choice of browser is prohibitive to your working/leisure use of it, I see no reason not to swap loyalties, albeit temporarily

A question on you OP, if I may.Could you please expand on what you mean by,"Tabs open up the same; there is no setting for switching to a new tab when opened."

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25 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by V3xar View Post
A very objective post Jonathan_King

Individuals tend to use, or stick with a specific browser for many reasons, not least amongst them, familiarity and ease of use. If, however, your choice of browser is prohibitive to your working/leisure use of it, I see no reason not to swap loyalties, albeit temporarily

A question on you OP, if I may.Could you please expand on what you mean by,"Tabs open up the same; there is no setting for switching to a new tab when opened."
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Sure, I'd be happy to. That was just an example of what you can tweak in IE that you can't in Chrome. See the snip. Those are 2 things that just cannot be configured in Chrome.

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Apologies for the bad marking; I just cannot control trackpads like I can a mouse.


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25 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

why not try FF before using IE. With the recent security scare with IE, Im reluctant to use that for main stream surfing again. Even though it has been patched quickly, you can always be sure something else will arise.
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25 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Excellent, well thought out post. Kudos
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25 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
why not try FF before using IE. With the recent security scare with IE, Im reluctant to use that for main stream surfing again. Even though it has been patched quickly, you can always be sure something else will arise.
just because Firefox hasnt been in the news doesnt mean it doesnt have exploitable vulnerabilities.... and i say this as a firefox fan
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25 Jan 2010   #10
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Jonathan

I am on similar situation to yours.
Chrome is my mail browser and it was like this for a long time.

But like you I hated it for some aspects. I didn't gave what I wanted.
haven't displayed some pages correctly, in some sites which I use often there were plugin crashes, It was incompatible with my implemention of Applocker, didn't gave me enough configurations to change and so on.

That was time when I was thinking about switch.
I downloaded and tried for some time all famous browsers: IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera.
All of them were great and worth becoming one's main browser, but soon I realised that I am too used to Chrome.
I was feeling a bit uneasy and uncomfortable using them as it wasn't like Chrome (although Opera was my main browser before Chrome)
As I said all those browsers were very good, but non of them gave me personal comfortability like Chrome. Non of them had Chrome's ease of use, speed and just simple and open interface.

That's why I was unable to switch to another browser and I stayed with google Chrome.
Like you I was very curios and was using Google Chrome's beta version to get new things faster.
So when I decided to stay with Chrome, I uninstalled all plugins related to it and uninstalled google Chrome. reverted back Google Chrome to Stable channel. (it fixed some issues with plugin crashes)
Had to build my security on different core and forget about AppLocker atleast for time being.
And basically I had to change some things even thought it make it a bit more uncomfortable but at the end it was less uncomfortable for me then changing to another browser.

Now after waiting some time, I got great news AppLocker was working with Beta version of Chrome, so I switched to Beta version and I found out that plugin crashes were fixed aswell.
And Today I read that stabe version of Google Chrome was updated to version 4 and that AppLocker was working with it aswell.


So, at the end my recommendation to you. Just give try to other browsers. (I think we all should be open to new ideas and try new things. Just think about it if you haven't tried google Chrome at the beginning you wouldn't be using it now)
So, give a try to all major browser. Use it as long as it takes you judge it with your own preferences.

And if at the end you find that you can't change and like me used to Chrome.
Try changing some things, try givingaway some things for greater good ( Downgrade it to Stable or atleast Beta channels)
So maybe you will find them less buggy even though they lack some features.
Just choose what is more important to you.

Anyway, Good Luck!
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