Paul Thurrott Calls for IE7 Boycott

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters Paul Thurrot is calling for an IE7 Boycott and it’s still not even out of beta and gets Slashdotted over it. “My advice here is simple: Boycott Internet Explorer. It is a cancer on the Web, and must be stopped. IE is insecure and is not standards-compliant, which makes it unworkable for both end users and Web content creators… You can turn the tide by demanding better from Microsoft and using a better alternative Web browser. I recommend and use Mozilla Firefox, but Apple Safari (Mac only) and Opera 8 are both worth considering as well.”

I’m not quite sure what to say about IE7 and will probably reserve judgement until I try it out myself. But frankly I’m not sure why I’d want to switch from Firefox. I LOVE Firefox. It’s a perfect browser for me. Unless IE7 has some compelling reason to get me to change I can’t imagine going back to IE at this point. Being “as good” will not be enough. Unless IE7 can somehow thrill and delight me it’s most likely DOA in my book.

Of course I probably felt the same way about RSS readers and then I made a switch from Bloglines to NewsGator for no real good reason other than NewsGator had an MCE RSS plug in that in hindsight I never use.

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  1. Peter Near says:

    FWIW, some pages just don’t render properly in Firefox but do in IE. For that reason I’ve removed firefox in favor of Maxthon, which uses the IE engine. For me, these are enterprise apps that I just need to work so Firefox isn’t an option.
    If IE7 doesn’t suck, I’ll use it. It’ll take a really good adblocker to make it work for me though, which I doubt that MS will be working on.