Internet Explorer: The Browser You Loved To Hate

Microsoft has launched a new website The Browser You Loved To Hate. Note the past tense ‘loved’ – the presumption being, you no longer hate it now.

You may have hated it earlier but if you have used Internet Explorer 9, there is just no way you can hate it.

The website has been launched with the intention of showing how IE9 is fueling IE’s comeback, poke a little fun at Internet Explorer, and encourage those that haven’t checked it out recently to “add” an IE9 pinned site to their Windows 7 taskbar.

Have you ever told your parents they had to stop using Internet Explorer? Well, with a better browser and a cute cat, maybe it is time to reconsider, says the IE Team.

To be honest, I used to use another browser earlier, but after I tried Internet Explorer 9, I now use it as my default browser and am loving it! Unfortunately, Internet Explorer carries the baggage from the past. All the problems being attributed to it belong to the IE6 era and are no longer applicable to IE9. Yet IE9 carries the baggage.

Check out this Feature Comparison Chart of the top 5 popular browsers to get an idea of what IE today offers.

Learn more about the browser you loved to hate and how it has changed since you last used it.  Visit to learn more.

What do you think of Internet Explorer 9? Are you using it or do you still prefer some other browser.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.


  1. BrowserSME

    Historically, IE has been nothing but a thorn for consumer and end users alike. The core engine remains the same and the temp cache folder design remains a complete mess. IE6 was a complete security disaster and it took years for Microsoft to address it. That’s because IE was integrated as part of the Windows OS.

    To be fair, they made significant strides with security and modernizing the UI; that’s just lipstick on the “pig”.

    IE should be completely removed from the OS and isolated as a standalone product. They were supposed to do that back with Windows 98 after a round of US Government antitrust hearings. Of course, Microsoft didn’t and won’t do that – sloppy product development and tight OS integration means more revenue for them. I’ll stick with Opera, Firefox, and Chromium-based browsers as I’m not convinced that IE is the best of the bunch.

  2. Karl

    IE9, though improved, is still far from perfect when it comes to rendering CSS–and I’m talking old CSS2, much less CSS3. What really has ticked me off as a Web Designer is Microsoft’s apathetic attitude about forcing users of IE8, 7, etc., to upgrade. When moz and webkit browsers render correctly, you shouldn’t have to use conditional coding to get the same results, because IE interprets spacing differently. I still don’t see the kind of customization (developer interest) like with the other browsers. MS is going to have to do a lot of proving themselves to me with future releases of IE before I let them out of my cellar.

  3. xCharlie

    Used it and then…Turfed It! S-L-O-W, ohh, so S-L-O-W when compared to others.

  4. Jim Boyd

    “You may have hated it earlier but if you have used Internet Explorer 9, there is just no way you can hate it.”

    Well, I’ve used IE9…and I hate it.

    The ONLY reason IE maintains it’s market share is because of it integration into the Windows OS and most computer users do not realize they have a choice. Make it a stand-alone product provide people with FACTS, rather than hype, and you will see it’s usage plummet rapidly.

    In terms of features…you own chart clearly shows who makes a superior browser…and it’s not Microsoft.

  5. jabtano

    What drives me nuts is no spell checker like in Firefox yes I make typo’s plus what is up with that big black strip thing at the top of the browser I had to keep it min and then expanded the sides to keep the solid blue-glass like look. I dislike all white stuff IE could use a color wash…. except for wp7 i’m not so sure i want to see metro on my desktop i sort of like my pics I don’t want tiles there.

  6. Big "Baddy"

    Chrome was best, Chrome is best and it will be a best forever 🙂

  7. Jim: Can you tell me why you hate it? Maybe give me the 3 most important reasons?

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