Why people still use IE

Jeff Nolan would like to switch to Firefox, but says it’s just too much of a hassle:

“my friend Pravin is always trying to get me to use Firefox, which I did for a while (love the tabbed browsing interface). But it’s just too much of a PITA to figure out how to make all my regular sites (like SAP’s internal network) work on it. So I’m back on IE, despite the security risks.”

I guess that’s a problem many of us have. There’s still too many web designers out there who design for IE, then shrug when being told that their site won’t work on other browsers. They *know* that people most likely have IE installed on their machines, even if they use a different browser by default.

Users, on the other site, *will* use IE if they want access to a particular site. SAP is a good example, as all of their sites (service.sap.com, sdn.sap.com etc.) are next to inaccessible with any other browser.

Here’s a message to SAP: if you’re serious about security, I hope you have re-writing your IE pages on the to do list!

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  3. SAP is a strange company, they are at the same time porting some of their stuff away from M$ some towards, negotiation about selling themselves, but on the other hand declining.

    Some of the SAP pages are working with Mozilla, when you use Browser-Spoofing. Quite some actually.

  4. SAP is a strange company, they are at the same time porting some of their stuff away from M$ some towards, negotiation about selling themselves, but on the other hand declining.

    Some of the SAP pages are working with Mozilla, when you use Browser-Spoofing. Quite some actually.

  5. It’s not that the pages don’t work at all, but the logon machanisms don’t (properly). Passwords have to be repeated a couple of times before they do work, and certs don’t work at all.

  6. It's not that the pages don't work at all, but the logon machanisms don't (properly). Passwords have to be repeated a couple of times before they do work, and certs don't work at all.

  7. the irony is that the reason SAPNet doesn’t work well with Firefox IS because of the security. As you point out, the certificates don’t load properly in Firefox… although I know there is a workaround, I just don’t have the time to deal with it. By the way, I do wish they would rewrite everything in PHP instead of ASP.

    re being a “strange company”, I would have to disagree. First of all, we never negotiated with M$oft about merging, they approached us and it was quickly determined that the deal would be too complex. Both companies agreed to work together to make our separate technology platforms interoperable, our customers really want that to happen… nothing strange about wanting your customers to be satisfied.

  8. the irony is that the reason SAPNet doesn't work well with Firefox IS because of the security. As you point out, the certificates don't load properly in Firefox… although I know there is a workaround, I just don't have the time to deal with it. By the way, I do wish they would rewrite everything in PHP instead of ASP.

    re being a "strange company", I would have to disagree. First of all, we never negotiated with M$oft about merging, they approached us and it was quickly determined that the deal would be too complex. Both companies agreed to work together to make our separate technology platforms interoperable, our customers really want that to happen… nothing strange about wanting your customers to be satisfied.

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