We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Combat browser apathy

Do you use Internet Explorer (IE) just because you always have?

Somewhere along the line, I set aside my natural affiliation to the underdog and started using Microsoft’s product as my main window to the web. I can’t recall when and why. And what’s more, I’ve never really questioned my decision to do so, until now.

When I started using the web on a daily basis, Netscape Navigator was my browser of choice, and when I decided to switch, I went for Opera rather than IE. But the browser wars are getting more attention in online forums and news sites than ever, and yet I’ve found myself reading all about it through the comfort of IE6.

So it’s time for a change. IE7 was released last week, but I’ve just downloaded Firefox 2 instead and plan to use it as my default browser.

The decision is nothing to do with the capabilities of either product - most people don’t use most of the cleverness offered by modern-day web browsers – it’s simply because I want to encourage competition in this market. It’s difficult to put an exact figure on browser usage, but most analysts believe FireFox has at least a 10 percent share. There’s no reason it shouldn’t have more, and I bet the only time I’ll spare a thought for Microsoft’s alternative from now on is when the first set of security holes in IE7 are announced!

IDG UK Sites

LG G4 launch live! LG G4 launch live blog - What to expect from the LG G4 launch, LG G4 launch...

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

QuarkXPress 2015 released: the DTP tool gets a speed boost and long-document tools

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......