Thursday, June 18th, 2009
There are some good engineers working to make IE a better browser. I don’t want to belittle their work, but I couldn’t let go the recent work of various marketing groups this week.
First up, we had the the chaps from down under try to buy downloads with 10 grand, ripping into other browsers along the way…. as they use all images and no type in their lovely page. I have found Aussies to be a hilarious bunch, but not so much this time? I can see how the idea would seem good in a meeting room…..
Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine quickly realised that tengrandisburiedthere.com wasn’t taken so built his fun retort for the Mozilla community.
Then we had the new “get the facts” campaign that showed an angry “we don’t suck like you think” angle:
Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about Internet Explorer’s speed, security, and adaptability. But many of the claims are comparing older versions of Internet Explorer to competitors’ newest releases.
These pages somehow manage to claim that IE is more secure, is the only browser with privacy features, is the easiest browser to use, has great Web standards support, fantastic developer tools, is more reliable, and customizable, and on and on. They even use their monopoly baggage to claim that all of those annoying “built for IE” pages of the past make IE more “compatible”. Oh, and obviously the performance of IE 8 is vastly superior to other browsers. Sure the “benchmarks” don’t tell that story, but that isn’t what matters. Of course, anyone who has USED THE DARN BROWSERS can get a decent feeling on performance.
IE 8 is a decent browser, much better than IE 7 and before it. However, it drives me nuts to see the marketing spin and bare-faced lies that come across here. It denigrates the work that the engineers are doing.
To finish up, I feel like I have to end with the third piece on IE this week:
Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:21 pm