Chris Pirillo: Forced to Upgrade Your Browser


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10 thoughts on “Chris Pirillo: Forced to Upgrade Your Browser

  1. IE 6 is customizable, 7, 8, and 9 aren’t. IE 6 allows Outlook Express users to easily save pictures by right clicking and choosing Save As, 7, 8, and 9 don’t. And then there’s the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Every time MS fixes something, it gets even more broken, or it causes something else to be broken that worked well before.
    7, 8, and 9 are faster? Faster than what? A speeding bullet? Internet pages load instantly now with IE 6…why would I need something faster than instantly? 7, 8, and 9 are more secure? More secure than what? IE 6 is up to date, I can move all the control buttons, the Address Box, the Google Address box, and all page controls onto ONE line. 7, 8, and 9 that isn’t possible. If you really need something faster, and more secure, then switch to Firefox. Tell MS to take a hike, and for God’s sake, quit FIXING things that aren’t broke.

  2. IE 6 is customizable, 7, 8, and 9 aren't. IE 6 allows Outlook Express users to easily save pictures by right clicking and choosing Save As, 7, 8, and 9 don't. And then there's the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Every time MS fixes something, it gets even more broken, or it causes something else to be broken that worked well before.
    7, 8, and 9 are faster? Faster than what? A speeding bullet? Internet pages load instantly now with IE 6…why would I need something faster than instantly? 7, 8, and 9 are more secure? More secure than what? IE 6 is up to date, I can move all the control buttons, the Address Box, the Google Address box, and all page controls onto ONE line. 7, 8, and 9 that isn't possible. If you really need something faster, and more secure, then switch to Firefox. Tell MS to take a hike, and for God's sake, quit FIXING things that aren't broke.

  3. My understanding is that the upgrade will only be “forced” if you accept automatic updates, a policy IIRC all your writers advise against. And those who do have their updates on “automatic” likely need the handholding, surely?

  4. Is there a version of IE7 that is compatible with Windows 7? I only found versions for XP. I had Windows 7 with XP, and never had the problem I’m having now. I “upgraded” to IE9 in hopes that a recurring, “Internet Explorer has stopped working” problem with IE8 would be resolved. No luck. Which site causes it more than any other? MSN!

  5. Get rid of IE, use some other browser that is safer, but IE6 is inherently insecure so it needs to be updated or dumped entirely, but you can’t remove IE from your Windows system as it’s an inherent part of M$ OS strategy. You’re stuck with being forced against your will to upgrade. IE 8 is safer but not entirely secure, though it’s better than 6.

  6. I never upgraded Internet Explorer since the day it was installed. It is still happily stuck at IE5 and everytime I have the mis-fortune of going to Windows Update, I politely tell it that IE is NOT a critical upgrade, despite their mis-guided ideas to the contrary. But then I stopped actually using Internet Explorer a long time ago, and removed the iexplore.exe and replaced it with a dummy file.
    My firewall still logs the odd programs abortive attempts to piggyback this file to connect to the internet.
    simple rule – if a program wants to connect to the internet, it can be up front and ask!
    if it don’t ask, it dont get 🙂

  7. Eh, not entirely accurate.
    “Under Microsoft’s new policy, users who don’t want to update their browser can still opt out, but they’ll have to make an active decision to do so by running a special toolkit available through Windows. Anyone who has previously been offered a browser upgrade by Microsoft and explicitly refused it will also be exempt from the new updating regime.”
    Sauce:http://www.infopackets.com/news/business/microsoft/2011/20111219_microsoft_to_force_new_internet_explorer_on_users.htm
    I imagine anyone that still has IE6, like me, has specifically previously declined newer, slower, bloatier Internet Explorers. That or they aren’t connected to the Internet, in which case I can’t see how any of this matters to them. Business will continue quite as usual m’thinks.

  8. but the latest browsers dont work in windows ME , I am currently surfing with a cut down (71mb) installation of windows ME running in a ramdrive ,using IE 5.5 ,for the past 3 years its proven to be virus proof .go figure ,progress eh !!!

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