Why IE is a good browser and why some of the Linux-heads should shut up
Internet Explorer is a fabulous browser. That's all I should have to say, but in fact I feel I should say more. IE is a fabulous browser because it supports. It supports almost everything that needs to be supported by a commercial web browser and some. And yes, that is because it is owned and developed by Microsoft and as we are all well aware, MS is a darn site better off than most.
And until a browser walks into the world that spotlessly and seamlessly supports what IE does, nobody is going to touch the said browser's increase in users. Joe Bloggs doesn't give a bit of fluff that Microsoft made IE and quite frankly, nor do I. It's superb. It's fast (even if it does load a lot of stuff it needs when Windows starts) and vaguely reliable (although ironically, I've had it throw GPFs and all sorts only the Microsoft site).
All the stuff that some of the above commentators have written about not wanting CSS and font tags et al is pure rubbish. If you want a cut-down browser, that's your lookout, but the likes of Flash and diverse fonts *are* the way forward. If my mum was confronted by a dull grey screen full of Courier text, she'd switch off completely. If she's confronted by a moving images that buzzes and beeps and plays music, she'll be enthusiastic to make the web work for her. This isn't a simple Microsoft dominated thing like the desktop OS market. It's an innovation and application thing and currently, Microsoft is the leader. IE is their finest product.
I don't like Windows. I don't like MS, it's too large and mostly stifles better alternatives in the software market. I want Microsoft to be split up, because I truly believe that Windows will die not so long afterwards, which is a good thing. But I don't want Microsoft to go completely, because they make Internet Explorer which is by far the best web browser available. When Konqueror supports what IE supports, I'll quite happily agree that Microsoft's time is due.