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Why Internet Explorer 10 is the best browser there is

Yes it is. No, it isn’t! Is! Isn’t! Well, I suppose we could argue about this if we really wanted to. And without a look at the facts we would probably come to the conclusion that it’s all subjective really. It’s subjective like leather pants or ass-less chaps are subjective – there will always be somebody who’s into that. Now I’m not knocking anyone in particular – I think it’s safe to say we all enjoy comfort and ease. We generally don’t want something heavy or that slows us down. We don’t want something that exposes us all time. Good jeans or cotton pants — they’re comfortable, light and easy to use on most any occasion. Just like the new Internet Explorer 10. So here is how IE 10 covers your ass better than other internet browsers.

A fox, a shiny metal and an explorer walk into a bar

It sounds like to start of a bad joke but Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer — these seem to be the best choices around for internet browsers. Besides the fact that only one is named after what it actually does it seems like a fairly arbitrary decision as to which one you use in your everyday browsing.

So how do we make a decision between them without understanding the really heavy programming stuff?

Well, Firefox is an “award winning web browser [and] is absolutely free and easy to use” according to well, itself… And, that is definitely what you would want in a web browser — something that’s free and easy to use. Until of course, you scream obscenities at your screen when it just randomly closes or stops working.

Firefox is not all bad however as it is incredibly customizable and has good pop-up-blockers to stop anything from interrupting your browsing experience. There are also various privacy settings and an integrated search bar.

Chrome logo

Still the best logo there is

Then there’s Google Chrome. It’s a “fast, free web browser” and “Google Chrome runs websites and applications with lightning speed” according, of course, to Google. The internet giant has been successful at what it does and its browser is fairly reliable.

Chrome also has a Google Search box and that is always convenient to have on your screen. It makes browsing and searching for stuff easier. So much easier than say going straight to the Google site or downloading the task bar separately. Then again, having a search bar is not that much of an accolade as they can be downloaded and used in conjunction with nearly every internet browser.

In fact it seems that all the browsers have very similar features — fast, free, easy to use. Internet Explorer certainly has many if not all of the above mentioned features. That’s the point really. There isn’t much to distinguish them on the outside. So why IE 10?

The aptly named “Internet Explorer”

The basic features, according to Microsoft, are these.

We are told that it’s fast. There seems to be a pattern emerging here. However it really is fast. Maybe it won’t load like lightning but that’s not what Microsoft is claiming. Provided you have a fast and stable internet connection IE10 won’t be slowed down unnecessarily and it has been optimized for use on “Windows 8 and Windows RT”. However any internet browser can be sped up significantly if the ‘add-ons’ are just disabled.

Yes, try to get your hands on one of these. It rocks.

Navigation between sites and the other various aspects of browsing have been revolutionised specifically for the tablet with IE10. Which we are told is a “truly full-screen browsing” experience. On a tablet you can flick back and forth between sites and the size of tabs and the like have been increased. Finally, people like me, who do not have dainty fingers, can browse with ease.

IE10 has seen the addition of a feature called “Flip Ahead” which allows users to flip through bigger websites or large searches by the use of a ‘next page button’. This has to be enabled and according to Microsoft some sites will have to be updated before the “Flip Ahead” feature will work as it was intended to.

Microsoft has also included resume-able downloads — something that it should have done so very long ago. It seemed ridiculous to have to download a separate program like GetRight in order to protect downloads, and my limited internet cap, from dropped connections and other failures in downloading.

Another feature advertised on the Microsoft site is that you can pin your favourites or regularly used sites onto the search bar. That’s arguably a new idea. But it isn’t that revolutionary. Mozilla has a screen of regularly visited sites and so does all the previous versions of Internet Explorer.

Personally a regularly visited sites page which opened with tabs was sufficient. Saving me six seconds of typing in the site or scrolling through my favourites tab to the site I want to visit isn’t so much a feature as something I would say “Oh, that’s nice” about and forget soon afterwards.

So how does IE10 really distinguish itself as an internet browser:

Two things: security and integration.

IE10 is extremely secure — it’s safe to say it’s the most secure browser around. It has something called “SmartScreen technology that helps protect against socially engineered malware”. Then there is something called ForceASLR which essentially stops malicious code from accessing parts of your computer. As well as the addition of an Enhanced Protect Mode which limits the access of the browser to when it is deemed absolutely necessary.

The scariest thing about using the internet is the thought of having evil hackers use malevolent software to steal all of your important information. And, touch wood; from the sounds of it IE10 has made it just a little bit harder for them.

If an in-depth dissection of exactly what is going on behind the scenes of IE10 is what you fancied and things like “Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) for XMLHttpRequest, CSS3 font-feature-settings property to access advanced OpenType features” are the criteria by which you choose your browser, then you can see a step-by-step list of when such features were added to IE10 in its development.

Perhaps most importantly IE10 has an integrated flash player system which removes the need for Adobe Player and Java, and whatever other little programs seem necessary at the moment for the internet to ‘just work’ on most sites at any time. And, provided it works how it’s intended to, Microsoft can actually claim they have an easy-to-use internet browser.

Thanks Microsoft

The mark of a good internet browser is that anyone can use it and anyone can use it safely. The integrative aspect is important to fulfilling this. As foreign as it may seem to the computer literate not everyone knows how to download a flash player. Not everyone realises that they should take security precautions when browsing or even how to.

IE10 is ignorant-proof. Hopefully it doesn’t remove ‘every’ tech related problem with the internet or some of the in-house IT guys will be out of their jobs but at least it will make browsing just a little bit easier and more convenient — kind of like what every other browser says they already do.


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  • Robert Dondo

    Correction, title should be: Why IE10 is the best browser there is [on WINDOWS 8]!

  • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

    thanks for not telling us how it actually performs on loading webpages. holy balls this site sucks.

  • Albi P

    Really a sub-par article. There are no direct comparisons and I get the impression that half of your claims are based on other reports and not first-hand experience – why do you constantly refer to claims from Microsoft’s site without providing your own take? Also, have you even used Chrome? It’s called an omnibar, which is not the same thing as a search bar, and is vastly more intuitive and user-friendly. The ability to “pin” tabs has been available almost from Chrome’s launch, as has a customizable page of favourites/regularly visited sites. If IE10 is really so great then why am I not convinced? This article did little to deserve its misleading title.

  • Mars

    Started using IE10 yesterday. It’s fantastic, fast, secure and stable. Was using FF, Chrome is malware.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhett.sinnema Rhett Sinnema

    I wanted to constrain the article to the features that they actually advertised to attempt to be more factual and less subjective – who better to say what they do than the people who do? It was less about Chrome and Firefox than it was about the new features of IE10 and why those features make it better – particularily the safety, security and integrated flash player. But the point was not specific differences rather that IE10 is better for those two reasons and that those two reasons are the primary criteria by which I would make a decision and a recommendation for any general user. IE has had a reputation for not being safe in the past. Up until recently, before IE10, Chrome was arguably the safest browser around and to my knowledge Firefox was the best at integration. Yes, on chrome you can pin tabs – perhaps I should have said its a new idea for Microsoft. Additionally I never made the claim that there was not a favourites page on Chrome.

    The point I guess is what I said in the article that IE10 is ignorant proof and made for everyone.

  • Albi P

    Hey Rhett, thanks for responding – I appreciate that you took the time. I guess I was misled by the title and expecting something a little more subjective, but, following your response, I can understand where you’re coming from. Still, would like to see a more direct comparison of the three top dogs, and your pick, after sufficient time has been spent with each. Also, sorry for the crappy tone of my initial comment, just one of those days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rhett.sinnema Rhett Sinnema

    Thanks for your feedback, it’s very important to see people’s reactions. You’re one hundred percent right – a much longer more indepth article with a comparison of specifics would be great and it’s something I will consider working on the future.

  • Brattstar

    sounds like communist nazi microsoft talk. on principle i will never use IE. they need to apologies for the last 3 pieces of sh1t they produced first then maybe i will pee on IE when its on fire. :)

  • Guest

    spoke too soon

  • Joseneas

    Aonde?? Eu prefiro o Chrome!! Muito mais leve, bonito e cheio de recursos!!

    Chrome é o melhor!

    Chrome forever! :)

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  • Chadz

    I see that you didn’t mention torchbrowser and that’s a shame, seeing that its’ popularity is constantly growing. In my opinion, it gives a very good fight to chrome and FF.

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