IT managers loath to switch from flawed Microsoft Internet Explorer

“The calls to dump Internet Explorer may be getting louder, but they are falling largely on deaf ears among enterprise users,’ Matt Hicks reports for eWEEK. “IT managers and users say that while the rash of security flaws associated with IE has drawn new attention to its vulnerabilities and has led some individuals to switch browsers, enterprises are reluctant to change browsers because of their reliance on IE-specific intranet applications and Web sites.”

“Following a series of critical security flaws tied to IE, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team last week suggested the use of an alternative browser as one way to avoid potential problems. Its recommendation has drawn widespread attention to rival browsers from the open-source Mozilla Foundation, Opera Software ASA and Apple Computer Inc.,” Hicks reports.

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MacDailyNews Take: The IT world is currently dominated by sheeple.


  1. the calls to dump IE should probably be announced again and again for the good of all the users…

    and users should also be encouraged to websites that work exclusively with IE to fix their sites to accomodate other browsers….

  2. Taking it a step further.. I would like my site to deny access to those browsers claiming as IE. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> so that it doesn’t do any bad stuff at my end.

  3. Well, I got at least one person at work to switch to Firefox this week.

    There is another one here that tries to throw bad Apple news in my face, but he is never successful.

    He was exicted when he saw that my background said “Introducing Longhorn”

    He was less than excited when he got a better look and realized it was just Apple messing with his “secure” little Windows world.

  4. You have to remember how technically challenged most PC users are.

    Although switching to a new browser is no big deal for most Mac users, PC users are afraid of any changes to their narrow minded view of computer use.

    The lazy approach to web development on the PC side has also lead in a large degree to this ridiculous reliance on IE in order to use many of these poorly designed, myopically tested web applications.

    Bottom line:

    I say let them continue to live in hell! Anyone that stupid and ignorant deserves the grief.

  5. I talked to the IT director of my local bank last week. I followed up with an email to him about the CERT warning. During our conversation, and totally unsolicited on my part, I was surprised to find out that he has been trying to get Mac compliance (in specific) for sometime now. Now armed with this latest CERT warning (he didn’t know about it) he feels pretty strongly that strict reliance and compliance on/with MS will no longer be tolerated, nor accepted. He needs to justify the switching of services to one that does support alternate browsers and presumptively Macs too.

    Slowly, people are awakening from their long MS induced slumbers.


  6. We’ve had a lot of trouble getting web pages written in .Net to render the same in Safari as they do in IE for Windoze, which is one of the reasons that IT is reluctant to switch browsers. I know that the answer is to take out the Windoze-specific formatting and hooks, but that’s easier said than done because people who develop in .Net aren’t aware of the differences or how to fix them. I wish someone would publish a side-by-side comparison of .Net code and the Safari- and other browser-compliant code that would produce the same functionality.

  7. The world has always been dominated by sheeple. This is just another example of why monopolies/monocultures are BAD. Everyone standardised on IE, MS stopped developing the product because they didn’t have to, and now a lot of big companies are stuck with crap because it’s too expensive to switch.

  8. Browser specific web development is simply moronic and lazy. I can design a site in golive (or even imageready for that matter) that works perfectly all around and then we have a programmer who does more extensive websites who cant get a simple gif animation to work on the Mac browsers! what the hell? I thought the information super-highway was for anyone? May they should close off I-90 to anyone without Bridgestone Tires!

  9. Well, that’s the price an enterprise pays for being so slavish in adopting the products of a single company in the name of ‘integration’, which is normally just a front for some money-saving special deal under Microsoft Select or somesuch.

    I’m already telling my clients that I intend to wipe all Windows XP machines where the user has administrative rights (where adware becomes a real problem) when SP2 comes out and re-install from scratch – and they should expect a bill.

    Not quite so cheap now, eh?

  10. This cancer has 2 parts:

    1. A browser that allows external control (ActiveX).
    2. An OS that allows itself to be controlled by a browser.

    Switching browsers only takes out half of the cancer.
    Cure the whole disease; switch OSs and browsers!

  11. Websites written in .NET? Anyway, I hardly ever have problems with page rendering in Safari, at least nothing really noticeable. Most of my family relies on my to keep their computers up to date and safe, and I manage to sneak Firefox on their computers and make it their default browser.

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