Microsoft admits Internet Explorer sucked but claims “it’s good now”, with new ‘Browser You Loved to Hate’ website

Microsoft has taken a lot of heat for Internet Explorer over the years, and rightly so; compared to other browsers, Internet Explorer is less stables, less open, and a pain to use. Think Microsoft doesn’t know how you feel about Internet Explorer? Wrong. Microsoft knows — and is playing up your Internet Explorer hate to market Internet Explorer 10.

Microsoft has launched a new “Browser You Loved to Hate” website that implicitly admits Internet Explorer sucked is the past by declaring: “It’s good now… no, really”. The website includes reviews and quotes from third parties, notably tech blogs and magazines, that proclaim Internet Explorer 10 is (more or less) awesome, plus explanations by Microsoft why Internet Explorer 10 is so great.

Aside from the website, Microsoft has released a humorous Internet Explorer ad featuring an Internet Explorer hater who’s goal in life seems to be to flame Internet Explorer whenever and wherever he can. The ad ends with a note claiming “progress” with Internet Explorer 10. Check it out:

“IE sucks… less.” LMAO!

Come on, you can’t say multi-billion corporations don’t have a sense of humor. You can hit up the ‘Browser You Loved to Hate’ website from the link below.

Browser You Loved to Hate homepage

[Thanks Francoise, via Sophos]

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8 comments

  1. DoktorThomas

    I’d be more likely to try IE10 if a different design group wrote the code… No reason to trust MSFT any more today than yesterday. A couple advertisements mean little in the grand scheme.

  2. Mike

    I’ve found IE to be fine enough and, often, more stable than other browsers, FF and Chrome included. Generally, I have yet to find a browser that is truly stable, and unobtrusive and yet still having what I need immediately available (Chrome hides things away in its attempt to be uncluttered–but taking his to the point of being a hindrance).

  3. chuck

    In Windows 7

    Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features >
    Turn Windows features on or off >
    Un-check Internet Explorer 9 > Reboot > Done
    Seems IE is only good for downloading Firefox or Chrome,so be sure to do that first.Happy browsing!

  4. AFPhys

    OK, I guess I will try it. Every single time I have changed computers since 1993, my first task after getting firewall and security up and running has been to get rid of IE – typically to Netscape/Mozilla products. Your article tantalizes me enough to see if IE has any hope at all of gaining my acceptance. Congratulations on your writing.

  5. Carl S

    Just about everything they’re pushing for IE 10 (and Windows 8) seems to be related touch and tablets. I have a staff that uses office applications on desktops. I see nothing that’s going to improve their performance or efficiency or even generally make their lives happier.