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Try Using Alternative Browsers: Microsoft Dares You


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Posted 01 January 2005 - 10:20 PM

Try Using Alternative Browsers: Microsoft Dares You I have discovered that Microsoft has a built-in booby-trap to discourage users from permanently adopting alternative browsers. It is the imbedded Internet Explorer coding that you cannot shut off. Sure, you can designate another browser as the default browser.By Jack M. Germain TechNewsWorld 01/01/05 1:30 AM PT As security holes continue to multiply in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, consumers and enterprise users alike are paying more attention to alternative browsers. After all, Microsoft hasn't upgraded its starship software package since before the release of Windows XP Latest News about Windows XP Numerous alternative browsers are now available to give Microsoft a run for the money. Microsoft's IE is free, but it comes with a cost. It is embedded in the operating system and can't be turned off. Leading contenders are either free or low cost and offer much better security and features. So switching browsers should be as easy as downloading, installing and running. Warning: It doesn't work that way. There is more to switching browsers -- at least permanently -- than first meets the eyes. Evaluator's Woes I have discovered that Microsoft has a built-in booby-trap to discourage users from permanently adopting alternative browsers. It is the imbedded Internet Explorer coding that you cannot shut off. Sure, you can designate another browser as the default browser. However, any function that touches on Microsoft's MSN Messenger, Hotmail account or e-mail clients will only view in Microsoft's IE, even when it is not the default browser. There is an added glitch. When you click on a link in a newsletter or anything else in the IE-must-load-or-die hard wiring, the links don't access java. Java only works when IE is the default program. Microsoft says tough! Alternative browser makers say there is nothing they can do about it. So essentially, you have to share browser use based on function and need.
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