I have just spent the last hour having a chat with some people at Microsoft about Internet Explorer 8 (using Tangler).
Whilst I first tried IE8 over a year ago, I have been a pretty solid Firefox user since then; Firefox wasn’t a deliberate choice, just something I floated into over time.
I’m not too sure why I was invited along to the chat (everyone there was far more technical than me), but it did force me to think about web browsers. My conclusion:
IE 8 is full of bells and whistles, and whilst the technorati may make use of them, does the average user? Are they actually becoming a hindrance to the average user? Not only slowing down the program, but adding confusion to the browsing experience.
I think it is time to move beyond the one browser fits all model. At a minimum I would like to see Microsoft develop two browsers: IE Simple, and IE Professional. But what I would really like to see is a bespoke browser. You go to the Microsoft site, select the browser features you want included, and it compiles the IE browser for you.