How Would You Change Internet Explorer?

By | March 1, 2011 | 17 Comments

How Would You Change Internet Explorer?

If you had a chance, how would you change Microsoft Internet Explorer so it would start recovering from the never ending market share decline?


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  • Anonymous

    I would like the previous tab look.

    wow i dont know. its hard trying to ask features for microsoft. IE has never been regarded as a good browser until recently

    • http://www.favbrowser.com Vygantas Lipskas

      Agreed.

      I would probably rewrite the core (which I guess is an insane task), as for some reason it still feels like old IE, just improved.

      Not very snappy like other browsers.

      • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

        Well, at least from IE6 to IE8 it seems just interface changes. Trident works much the same…

  • http://www.tux-crazy.com Tux Crazy

    Make the homepage the Firefox website. :P Jk Jk. I think that cleaning up the bookmark manager interface and the addons website would be a start.

  • anon

    Putting the tabs on top of the address bar, so that there is more room for people who have a lot of tabs open.

  • Nom4d3

    - The name;
    - The icon;
    - The backward compatibility;
    - The stupid engineers;

  • Sirnh1

    Easy, I would buy Opera and completely replace IE with opera and everyone currently working at opera would keep their job…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Titeica/1067443526 Arthur Titeica

    I would make it’s next version incompatible with those intranet and banking sites which only accept IE as a browser.

    This would solve 90% of the problems but it’ll bring another: nobody will use it anymore. Heh, no biggie…

  • http://claimid.com/pasqualon Pasqualon

    I would drop the current engine, backward compatibility, all that Windows integration and twenty years of legacy code and start all over. The browser should be browser and the OS should be only OS. In case of being both it’s better to follow the Chrome’s model: everything running in the browser…

    • Darthdoom34

      I agree that the browser should be removed from the OS, it’s not important and never used by anyone that I know if they have a choice

  • RamaSubbu_SK

    For me IE9 is not right track, they shouldn’t just stop the momentum here. The same level of improvement/dedication should be shown for all future releases.
    IE 9 is really good browser.
    Here is the link on UX experience : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2011/02/15/user-experiences-listen-learn-refine.aspx

  • RamaSubbu_SK

    For next version, I would expect more standard supports & bit more HTML/XML parsing & JavaScript performance.
    Microsoft can not just drop the backward compatibility, until all the enterprise in US ready to re-invest in their IT to write code for all modern browsers. I expect they will drop the back ward compatibility only on IE10+.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Monty.Stegall Dwight L. Stegall

    I would do what Netscape did. I would delete everything and start over. Because of that we now have that wonderful Firefox. :)

  • http://twitter.com/doni Doni

    IE needs a spell checker

  • http://awesomewallpapers.wordpress.com/ Ben

    Extensions! Customizability!

    • Grrblt

      IE had extensions before Firefox did.

      • http://awesomewallpapers.wordpress.com/ Ben

        I’m talking about full, mature extensions (e.g. like Adblock Plus, Noscipt), not web accelerators, toolbars, and the like.