Why is IE going down so much?
Having enough of problems with IE, I'm switching to Mozilla Firefox today.
First, there are all those security problems. Last update to ADODB.Stream seems to be only a quick-fix for particular problem and it isn't even trying to address many other, *known* issues with ActiveX security - for example with much-discussed Shell.Application component (more info here). There is even example exploit ready - opening harmless command prompt, but it is only a matter of time, when somebody find some more “practical” use of that technique. On abovementioned site you can find also an instruction how to patch registry to disable this component, just in case.
Second, features. IE was for some time beautiful in its simplicity. Now it looks only outdated. Popup filters and download manager? A praised features of upcoming version, while other browser have it for ages. Tabbed browsing? Nope. Mouse gestures? No way. Zoom? Are you kidding? Extensible support for search engines? No way, and probably it will never be included because MSN tries to build on search now. Etc.
Third, web standards. Yeah, I know it is vague. But just try to make XHTML+CSS complaint site, which will look the same in all browsers. IE always goes in the way. Just look what it means: IE, which was always feature-rich for developers, now is the most annoying browser for the same people. Statistics show that IE is losing users, but the loss of developers is the crack that will be most difficult to fill.
To summarize: IE guys, you have to get out of year 1999 as soon as possible. When people say Microsoft, they think Windows and IE. This is the most common. Losing IE for Mozilla or Opera you are giving away a lot more than some small percent of users - you're giving away a lot of brand recognition. How can anybody forget about the first and most used application of his clients? Is this arrogant or just overlooking? How can you say you want to provide the very best experience to users when the most important tool, an icon of our times, browser which is the very first computing experience of many people, is so broken?
So, make me come back to IE. Or maybe nobody cares?