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Windows 7: What so bad about internet exploer 8

19 Jan 2010   #11
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by electrotune1200 View Post
There's nothing wrong with Internet Explorer 8. Some people prefer Firefox because of it's custom ability, and some people are just influenced by what they hear. An internet browser is just what it is. If you can browse the web, and you have no issues with that particular product. That should be your deciding factor.

The same thing happened with Vista. Most of the bashing came from people that never even tried the product. Hearsay spreads just like a bad rumor in High School.
Quoted for absolute truth...Vista SP2 is not only a viable system...but a great one at that...

Windows 7 might be a refined version of Vista but...that doesn't mean Vista isn't usable...remember that the almighty XP was a refined version of 2000 with a better (debatable) GUI


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19 Jan 2010   #12
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

IE8 is much improved over previous versions for sure but everyone has their favorite browser for what ever reasons I have never cared for Firefox Chromes speed is nice but that's it I did not care for Safari Apple can have it but some time ago I settled on Opera with it's built in mail client and bit torrent/download manager superb tabs management and overall great looks I highly recommend it
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19 Jan 2010   #13
BugMeister

Windows10 Pro - 64Bit vs.10547
 
 

if you are using other MS products ( -as well as their OS!!), it makes sense to use IE8
- it integrates perfectly, especially with Office Live..

- no probs..
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20 Jan 2010   #14
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

I am always amazed when this question is asked and alternative browser users jump in to defend their choice. I would ask why they feel that is necessary but that is for another thread. This thread is not about why someone likes FireFox (or what ever their alternative is). This thread is about why some folks think IE8 is bad.
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What so bad about IE8
Answer: IE6 and bad press.

Sadly, there are many MS bashers, biased media/review sites, and alternative browser fanatics who think because IE6 had so many vulnerabilities, IE8 must still be bad. That's shear ignorance on their part. Ironic is that IE6 was perfectly safe, IF (that's a big "if" in case it was not obvious), the user simply practiced safe computing by keeping Windows patched and updated, their AV current and running, used a firewall, and they avoided risky practices like opening attachments and downloads without scanning, visiting sites bad guys wallow in (illegal porn, gambling, P2P for illegal filesharing) - things ALL users must do, regardless their browser of choice. Vulnerabilities are only vulnerable if they are exposed!

I have yet to find any alternative browser user who STOPPED getting infected simply by, and ONLY by switching from IE to something else. In every case, they also got their systems upgraded, patched, scanned, and blocked - as they should have been all along.

For the record, NO BROWSER IS PERFECT. But by far IE8 is the best IE ever (in terms of security, speed, performance, and reliability) and everyone should upgrade to it, even if they use another browser by default.

Of significant importance and something everyone must accept and remember is the security enhancements IE8 offers is significant. But so is the attention and focus the alternatives get as they become more popular.

For those who have been in this business for some time, it is no surprise when PCMag demonstrates a bias against everything Microsoft. So when the following report came out, many of us were taken aback. Yes, the study was funded by Microsoft, but that's the fodder that would typically send PCMag into a frenzy claiming the review was rigged. But in this case they stood by the review. Test Shows IE8 Tops Blocking Malware Sites. Note the following,
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Internet Explorer 8 wiped the floor with the other products in the malware tests, blocking 81% of live threats. Firefox 3.0.11 was closest at 27%, with Safari 4 at 21%, Chrome 2 at 7% and Opera 10 beta at 1%. NSS Labs says that they confirmed that this protection is identical in Firefox 3 and 3.5, as well as Opera 9 and 10.

An even bigger discrepancy was observed in the NSS Phishing tests. IE8 was also at the top of the charts in this test, blocking 83% of phishing URLs
As Firefox and the alternative browsers get more popular, security experts and badguys start focusing on them - with revealing results. Firefox Tops Vulnerabilities List,
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Firefox accounted for 44 percent of all browser vulnerabilities reported in the first half of 2009. In contrast, Apple's Safari had 35 percent of all reported browser vulnerability, Microsoft's Internet Explorer was third at 15 percent and Opera had just six percent share.
I offer the above, not to fuel an argument over which browser is better, but to put to bed any doubts and pre-conceived prejudices about IE8 (not IE7, or IE6, but IE8) not being able to defend its ground.

So bottom line, Mitch, IE8 is not a bad browser. In fact, it is a great browser, the best IE to date. Since Windows uses IE for some functions, everyone should upgrade to IE8 immediately, if not sooner. That said, there are some very effective alternatives that are worth considering that may have the "look and feel" that suits your needs better.
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20 Jan 2010   #15
AvatarOfTheShip

Windows 7 Ult x64
 
 

I think a lot of people just do the knee-jerk MS-bashing thing. IE8 is fine but I prefer the customizability of Firefox
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20 Jan 2010   #16
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

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I think a lot of people just do the knee-jerk MS-bashing thing. IE8 is fine but I prefer the customizability of Firefox
lol Isn't that a off-handed, even knee-jerk slam at IE? Instead of saying that you don't like that you can't customize this or that in IE, you extol what you think are virtues in FF, and do so in a manner that suggests a generalization that IE cannot be customized, which is incorrect.

When I first installed IE8, I was upset I could not move my toolbars about as I wanted. Now I am used to them. Other than that, I have customized it exactly as I like. It supports the add-ons I need and use. The Favorites bar (Links in previous versions) is an excellent favorites/bookmark organizer for my 100s of favorites. Tabs work great here, never had the problems other mentioned.
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20 Jan 2010   #17
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

there is nothing "wrong" with it, personally, i just like Firefox because iv been using it for years, but i dont thinik anyone can say really that one browser is better than another.... if you can get onto the web browse webpages and download, what more do you want?
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20 Jan 2010   #18
noobvious

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

I honestly have not tried IE8. I was already comfortable with Firefox on my old XP system and stuck with it out of familiarity.
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20 Jan 2010   #19
AvatarOfTheShip

Windows 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
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I think a lot of people just do the knee-jerk MS-bashing thing. IE8 is fine but I prefer the customizability of Firefox
lol Isn't that a off-handed, even knee-jerk slam at IE? Instead of saying that you don't like that you can't customize this or that in IE, you extol what you think are virtues in FF, and do so in a manner that suggests a generalization that IE cannot be customized, which is incorrect.

When I first installed IE8, I was upset I could not move my toolbars about as I wanted. Now I am used to them. Other than that, I have customized it exactly as I like. It supports the add-ons I need and use. The Favorites bar (Links in previous versions) is an excellent favorites/bookmark organizer for my 100s of favorites. Tabs work great here, never had the problems other mentioned.
No I think IE8 is a perfectly good browser, I just feel FF is - let's say, not necessarily more customisable per se, but more usefully so for me.
I am constantly surprised by MS's apparent inability to clearly separate their server offerings, which need to be buttoned-down and perhaps, well, lets just say 'businesslike' and the client which can be more spiffy. After all, while people were purring and crooning about OSX's transparency effects, these effects were available in Windows 2000 - they were just never enabled. I've seen the video of Monkey-Boy Balmer chanting 'Developers, developers,...!' but just a couple of designers, to, maybe? I'm sure MS could afford them. (Ultimate Extras, anyone?)
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20 Jan 2010   #20
valtonray

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

[QUOTE=AvatarOfTheShip;518201][QUOTE=Digerati;518078]
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No I think IE8 is a perfectly good browser, I just feel FF is - let's say, not necessarily more customisable per se, but more usefully so for me.
I am constantly surprised by MS's apparent inability to clearly separate their server offerings, which need to be buttoned-down and perhaps, well, lets just say 'businesslike' and the client which can be more spiffy. After all, while people were purring and crooning about OSX's transparency effects, these effects were available in Windows 2000 - they were just never enabled. I've seen the video of Monkey-Boy Balmer chanting 'Developers, developers,...!' but just a couple of designers, to, maybe? I'm sure MS could afford them. (Ultimate Extras, anyone?)
agreed, it's not that i have anything against ie8,i've used it a few times, but im used to the way my firefox browser is set up, from button placement to the mods and extensions i use, it's not broke why should i try to fix it.
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