Here's an honest rundown of why IE is not good. I'm trying to keep it as unbias as possible:
1. It doesn't render websites well. I'm ****ing tired of crippling my website layouts because Microsoft can't keep up with web standards. This is a good example
of how bad IE is at rendering. This was an early in development layout that turned out ugly when I viewed it in IE for the first time. The other browsers are using the Opera, Gecko, or KHTML (Webkit) rendering engines, which display perfectly fine.
2. IE 7 screws up fonts so that you can't read it, especially on LCDs. I have very good nearsight vision, and it screws up my vision. How on earth can people read with it?
3. IE has lack of expandability. Most people don't realize this, but Firefox is modular, and it takes skill to create a modular program, which makes the program EXTREMELY flexible. (I think the term isn't "modular" but something else. Anyway, it's very cool. IE offers little expandability.)
4. IE isn't open source and doesn't port to other operating systems. I try to be an open source oriented as possible.
5. Security: Firefox and other open source browsers may have security holes, but they are fixed quickly.
6. At a web developer's perspective the look of IE 7 is ugly. I personally see no improvement over the IE 6 look. You can at least change the firefox look if you don't like it.
1. Firefox loads websites faster than IE? Opera loads even faster? I can't tell a difference.
2. Firefox users are generally more intelligent than IE users? I don't understand how that could possibly be researchable? IQ tests? They're BS to begin with. And not to mention, who knows how the researchers got the people to survey? I bet more avid firefox users wanted to be surveyed than IE users.
May I interject my own personal opinion (like I haven't already). Who do you want to support? The big, billion dollar organization? Or the smaller man? Sure, there are other factors to consider in which is a better organization (when comparing Microsoft to Mozilla), but to me, this is a no brainier.
I hope I enlightened some people. However, I'd like I note that I don't know the ins and outs of IE 7 as much as... IE 7 users. On the other hand, I was the kid back in elementary school who would yell at anyone who used Netscape, and always urged IE use
. It was when I was 12/13 that I realized I wanted to try something new, and learned how much IE (6) sucked when compared to the very buggy Firebird (Firebird, then Phoenix, which is what it was named in early development stages before dubbed "Firefox").
I think Firefox has gone in the wrong path in recent days. They should be focusing on basic functionality, fixing bugs, and everything. That's what's really holding Firefox back. Maybe include a few extensions, a few extra tricks, but no more. Don't bloat firefox any more than it needs to be.
Sorry for the long post. I was thinking about this very topic earlier today, and saw this thread...