Are you using a modern browser?
If you’ve ever had an issue viewing a website it’s possible you’re using an outdated web browser. Modern browsers render a website using the current standards of code and ensure you’re experiencing the site as the developer intended.
While websites will be slightly different between all browsers, we’ve seen the most issues and glitches with Internet Explorer. Microsoft doesn’t force upgrade its browser and if you’re using Windows XP you can’t advance past Internet Explorer (IE) 8 which was released in 2006 and is no longer supported by Microsoft.
To further paint a picture of how long ago that is and how far technology has come since then, consider the following:
- The iPhone didn’t even exist
- Bush was still the U.S. president
- Playstation 3 and the Wii were released
As of this post, the current version of Internet Explorer is IE11. Technology advances quickly. Very quickly! Since so much of our lives are lived online, it’s important to be using a modern browser to make the most of the technology. Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari are all suitable options and they are pretty good about pushing out regular updates to ensure your web experience is optimized.
As a web developer I have to take into account that people are going to use different browsers – even IE8. During our development process, we test our sites on multiple browsers to ensure they look and perform the way they should. Unfortunately, old browsers aren’t able to perform modern web technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 which limits what we can do with your site.
Even if you don’t want any bells and whistles, using an old browser means you are missing out on security fixes. You’ll need to install and run many plug-ins as “patches” to keep your browser even a little bit alive in the modern web.
With an old browser you’re also missing out on:
- Native video and audio with keyboard enabled controls that can be styled and accessed like any other element on the page
- Forms with richer controls like colour pickers, calendars and auto complete fields.
- Local and offline storage to create real application experiences
- Geographical location and device orientation to give you a personalised experience of the web
- Rich graphs and visualisations using Canvas and SVG
- Games that don’t ask you to install plug-ins
- 3D graphics and support for any font
- Drag and drop and touch support for tablets
- File upload and access to the file system like any other application
In terms of newer versions of IE, Microsoft is aware they screwed up with IE10 (and earlier versions) and made SIGNIFICANT strides to try and be competitive with other browsers. Their ad campaign acknowledged this, even saying “IE sucks… less”.
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Your second option, if you are unable to install a new browser on your computer is to take a look at Google’s Chrome Frame. This is a patch for IE6, 7, and 8 to run Chrome inside it.
Even upgrading Internet Explorer to its most recent version is a step in the right direction, but this requires that you run Windows 7 or 8.
So consider this the kick in the pants you were looking for to help you enhance your internet experience and make the world a better place for everyone!