WARNING: Extreme geekery ahead!
You also heard about how the US Govenment recently warned that PC users should avoid using Internet Explorer to surf the web? Right?
The group warned of “a number” of “significant” vulnerabilities in technologies relating to the IE domain/zone security model, DHTML object model, MIME type determination, and ActiveX. As one of many precautions, US-CERT advised users to use a different web browser.
You’ve also read about Internet Explorer’s poor support of web standards (XHTML, XML, and CSS2/3 ?) Right?
Did you know IE hasn’t made any improvements to its browser since around 2001? They’ve been merely fixing security flaws as people find out about them. They’re set to add pop-up blocking with the SP2 of Windows XP, but the number of users using Windows XP let alone who will actually update to the new service pack is pretty darn small.
In fact, you probably won’t even be able to get your hands on a significantly updated version of Internet Explorer until 2006 and us web developers probably won’t be able to count on a significant amount of users using the next version of IE until 2008 at best. Why IE6 took nearly at least a year to gain a strong foothold, and 2 more to become the most dominant!
Well it seems that some people out there are finally figuring out what some of us have been saying all along!
“It’s the first time that we’ve seen a sustained trend downward for them,” said Geoff Johnston, an analyst with WebSideStory. “We have a very steady trend. It’s been about a month, and every day we have a steady incremental change.”
A decrease in the number of people using Internet Explorer! You may not realise right now, but this is a monumental turning point! :)
All this bad news for IE is countered by tons of good news for the Mozilla Foundation and its flagship product Firefox! They finally have a coherant and unified “image” and they’ve hired people on to take over the creative development of the “image” of the Firefox product.
Basically they identified that most “less knowledgable” Internet users tend to get their downloads from Download.com. So Asa and Blake asked loyal users of the Firefox product to go to these sites and leave honest reviews. Their goal was 1000 reviews in 7 days. So far they’ve had over 800 reviews in 3 days since announcing their plan! Asa and Blake have a number of cool community actions they’re going to announce in the coming weeks. I, for one, can’t wait to see where this is going. It would seem as thought, even just for a moment, the tide in this battle has turned a bit into our favor :D