Microsoft's Browser Comparison Chart Offends Anyone Who's Ever Used Another Browser

Internet Explorer 8 is by far the best browser Microsoft's ever released, but most of our readers are happily using a better alternative like Firefox or Chrome. Microsoft's not happy about this, so they've created an absurd piece of propaganda to win you back.

This browser comparison chart pits IE8 against Firefox and Chrome and puts IE8 on top time after time, but in very dubious categories. Each row comes with its own ridiculous set of comments justifying the seemingly meaningless checkmarks, like this note on customisability:

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

Interesting, since none of the Firefox extensions I install add any IE8 functionality. We've given Microsoft props for significantly improving Internet Explorer in the latest release, but this chart feels like dirty pool to us. Let's hear what you think of this insane (to us, at least) chart in the comments.

Browser comparison chart [Microsoft]


    Microsoft insulting users who dare to use another bowser... never, it should read "... arrogant, pompous, self-serving Microsoft..." more like it. IE has been a very disappointing, unsafe product that has FORCED users to use something else... Europe has taught them nothing!

    1. No love for Safari from Microsoft?

    2. Personal anecdote: IE8's installation mandatory reboot locked up my laptop. That's not a comforting start for great user experience moment is it?

    3. It's an awful piece of misleading by intent with a case of "Oh, no, the lawyers said it wasn't misleading" by design. The tick as implication that IE8 is the only one with the feature, not the one with the Microsoft declared best rank. Privacy on Chrome exists, security on Firefox and Chrome exists, and Microsoft is being deliberate and calculated in their attempts to misdirect if not outright mislead.

    Which is annoying because if IE8 is half decent, it should get the wraps and reputation from performance. They don't need to do this sort of nonsense, because all this this advert does for MS is put doubts in the minds of the commentators. Lot of the chat I've seen this morning is dismissing the advert, and not talking about the product. Bad message strategy by MS.

    At least it made me giggle a little bit.

    I've run IE8 a couple of times when i do a clean install, and always come running back to Firefox.

    For the regular, nontechnical user, the chart is misleading enough to keep them from moving to an alternative browser.

    Too funny :-)

    Simply abhorrent!

    If you Read " Myth #4: Internet Explorer doesn't play well with Web standards. "

    The Explanation of that sections Proves why IE8 is only checked in the "Compatibility" section.

    "Internet Explorer 8 is more compatible with more sites on the Internet than any other browser. "

    i.e. websites previously had to be coded for web standard and IE, now it will not have to be and the old version will still work.

    I heard IE 8 is so stable it didn't crash even once while downloading the latest version of Firefox.

      bwabaahahaa *sniff sniff*

    More dumbness, from a company of dummies. I honestly can't believe their non-sense. The fact that they even have a standards compliant browser that even works half decently now is a complete miracle (they must have hired a smart person for that job).

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