ie8 comparison.jpgI’m sure you guys will get a kick out of this one. Microsoft has posted a “Get the Facts” page that has a chart comparing some general areas of IE8 versus Firefox and Chrome. Naturally IE8 comes out on top… way on top!

If you quickly just glance through the chart your initial impressions would be that Firefox and Chrome are insecure, can’t manage your privacy, difficult to use, unreliable, not compatible with websites, and not easy to manage. In fact there are only three areas that the three browsers “tie” in: web standards, customizability, and performance. Although they just couldn’t pass up commenting about Firefox’s extensibility:

Sure, Firefox may win in sheer number of add-ons, but many of the customizations you’d want to download for Firefox are already a part of Internet Explorer 8 – right out of the box.

Now I’m not trying to say that Internet Explorer 8 is an awful browser. In fact I use it several hours everyday at work because there are a lot of older internal sites I deal with that don’t play nice with other browsers. I just hate that they are trying to send a message like this. Take the “Security” section for example. This is their reasoning behind why Firefox and Chrome didn’t get a checkmark:

Internet Explorer 8 takes the cake with better phishing and malware protection, as well as protection from emerging threats.

Huh, both Firefox and Chrome have phishing/malware protection in them. So they are going off the fact that theirs is “better?” Oh well. Hopefully their aren’t too many people that will see this chart.

Still want some more of this good stuff? Jump over to their “mythbusting” page.

Microsoft’s “Get the Facts” Page [via Google Blogoscoped]

There Are 16 Comments

  1. Steve Ballmer should understand it’s what you say, it’s how you act. Real people of flesh and bone who actually use these three browsers know which is best, and in my case, it ain’t IE8.

    Come on Microsoft, play straight.

  2. I can’t talk about privacy and ease of use (and it’s a point that IE’s privacy is more customizable), but Internet Explorer’s Phishing Protection is light years ahead of any other browser I’ve used.

  3. That page is just too funny. It cannot be taken seriously :lol:

  4. OM ftw -_- use steambrowser xD slow but not 1 virus can slip through xD can’t even download through it xD

  5. I try to be nice to Microsoft as I appreciate all they’ve done for personal computing but this page just takes the biscuit – the fact that they say this stuff means that the pages for competing browsers that say the same end up looking like the lying ones. I wish Microsoft had a “Comment” thread on that article, but as it is there’s no way to call them on that bullshit. Hopefully the stunt will serve to further damage their reputation with the intelligent computing community.

  6. And on the 8th day God created marketing!

  7. [cross-posted from Firefox Facts]

    One word – HA!

    As funny as the fact chart is, my favorite is on the myth busting page. It says
    “Myth #3: Firefox is a richer, more adaptable browser than Internet Explorer.”

    The “truth” is that “Internet Explorer 8 has much more functionality than other browsers…. Did you know that there are more than 1,700 Internet Explorer 8 add-ons available at the Add-ons Gallery”

    I knew this wasn’t true, so I went to the Firefox addons site to find out how many they have, and I found this:

    “153,906,262 [individual] add-ons in use”

    Explain that, Microsoft!

  8. Not Normal, Microsoft says that always, but if it true?

    I think not.

  9. not compatible with websites

    You’ve got to be kidding me. If anything’s “not compatible,” it’s IE. Remember all those “Optimized for IE (version number) at (resolution)” sites? Whee… Lol

  10. LOL. Microsoft cant stop their new marketing strategy on hitting other internet giant, why cant they accept that internet explorer is not the sole leader in the internet market and Firefox is the next big thing!!
    Shame…

  11. Not that I like IE8, I am a big FIrefox fan. Sadly though the company I work for you are required to use IE. If you use Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc. The pages will not load properly and data cannot be entered.

    HOwever I still find that MS claiming that their browser is more secure is a joke of all jokes.

  12. M1ke wrote:
    I try to be nice to Microsoft as I appreciate all they’ve done for personal computing but this page just takes the biscuit

    I agree. If they are going to try and put down the competition they need to do it in a humorous way like Apple’s Get a Mac ads. Otherwise people will lose respect for them when they try to point out some of these “facts”.

    Anonymous wrote:
    Not that I like IE8, I am a big FIrefox fan. Sadly though the company I work for you are required to use IE. If you use Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc. The pages will not load properly and data cannot be entered.

    My work is the same way. No other browsers play nice with all of our internal pages, and IE8 doesn’t even work on some of them. So I have a feeling that some improvements to our pages might be in our future, and hopefully that means better browser compatibility.

    • If you want to use Firefox to view your work’s webpages, I would highly recommend the add-on “IE Tab”. It allows you to render pages using IE’s rendering engine, therefore maintaining website integrity, while being able to use the more stable and secure web browser. This would only work of course if you are allowed to install Firefox in the first place :P

  13. I have yet to find any real ‘facts’ behind the security of any browers, the closest thing is the NSS labs report, where IE8 blows the others away. I constantly hear ‘so-and-so’ is more secure, ‘IE8 is a big security risk’, but the fact is I have seen no evidance of either of these statement.. it’s a friggin browser, it displays html.. there’s not a lot of difference between any of them. and guess who has the Market Share? And guess who is most used in corporate offices around the world?…. I love to bash on products and companies as much as the next guy, but I’d really like to see some facts on all this…

  14. There is just so much there to mock that I don’t know where to start. The security one was pretty good. I’ve been primarily a firefox user for a long time now, and I’ve seen report after report of IE vulnerability and exploit that I happily could just ignore. I can’t help but think the figures quoted for how much more malware is detected has more to do with malware that targets IE vulnerabilities and the average newb IE user’s less than safe/smart browsing practices. Also a recent experience with malware at the office makes me think that they are smoking something by saying IE is more secure. Chrome was the only browser that wasn’t affected by the malware. The boxes that didn’t have Chrome were seriously screwed. IT took several days to get the problem solved. I was able to find the solution and get it fixed myself through Chrome.

    The IE add ons really intrigued me, as I haven’t really touched anything IE in many, many moons. The one that really stuck out to me (especially in light of the comment of IE does “out of the box” what many of the firefox add ons do) was an IE spell check add on. I wonder why there isn’t a firefox spell check add on. Oh yeah, it does it “out of the box”.

  15. I too would like to see some real facts on browser security.

    Got to keep in mind, too, that the most popular browser – which IE was for a long time, and as you all mentioned still IS for office environments, where a lot of valuable information lies around waiting to be stolen – will be the most popular target for malicious hackers.

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