Barney's Blog

Blog archive

IE 8: Getting Better

Ever since Netscape died (Did it die on its own or was it murder? Verdicts welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com), IE has been the standard in browsers. IE worked fine for me, but security worries and the desire for something new led me to Firefox.

Unlike some, I don't find Firefox fun or particularly cool. It is, however, very good -- and through add-ons, nicely extensible. Foxmarks is great for keeping bookmarks, and the browser blocks ads awfully well (it does crash a lot, though; should I blame XP or Mozilla?). But there's nothing truly killer about Firefox.

So does IE 8 have the juice? According to one early report, IE is getting better with version 8, including tighter security and thumbnails for tabs. But like Firefox, it's no revolution.

And from what I can see (and hear from Redmond Report readers), Chrome is tight and fast, but not yet an overthrow of the status quo. Has Google shown all of its Chrome cards, or is there more to come? Initial impressions and further Chrome, IE and Firefox thoughts readily accepted at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on September 15, 2008 at 11:52 AM