For a long time, Microsoft has had the capability to force users to update to the most recent version, but they resisted from what I hear, because so many businesses had created internal applications that only ran on one specific version of IE, there was a lot of bitching. Bitch and cry all you want, MS is finally turning on automatic updating for everyone using IE to make sure you’ve got the latest version.
No doubt his weekend, some of you are at your parent’s house or someone else’s parents house where you might be for a day or two, and these parents very possibly have been using either Internet Explorer or a really outdated version of Firefox or Netscape. Now’s your time. They think you’re some sort of computer god anyway just because you know how to reset a router and now it’s time to update their browser.
Another giant of the software wold will soon be bucking Flash. It was announced via a developer blog that IE in Windows 8 will not support Flash, because it “…improves battery life as well as security, reliability, and privacy for consumers.” (I feel like I’ve heard that somewhere else before.)
In a survey that’s no really all that surprising in its results, a non-scientific study by AptiQuaint found that in general, people who use Internet Explorer are stupider than people who use other browsers such as Firefox and Chrome.
If you’ve been waiting on pins and needles and you haven’t tried out the beta, you can officially download the real version of IE9 this coming Monday the 14th. Aren’t you so excited?
I’ve got the give Microsoft credit for taking big steps with its browser since 7, and I applaud their efforts to finally rid the world of IE6, but it’s still IE. Get Chrome instead.
If you want to give it a spin, you can download it here.
Microsoft announced yesterday that it will be officially launching the open beta version of Internet Explorer 9 at an event in San Francisco called “The Beauty of the Web”. Internet Explorer? Beauty? Ha!
There aren’t really any details about IE9 yet, other than it’s Vista and Windows 7 only. And while IE8 is by far the best Internet Explorer ever, it still lags behind Chrome and Firefox, and it’ll still probably be decades before I’ll ever feel comfortable running anything named “Internet Explorer”, no matter what sort of promises or beautiful events Microsoft holds.