August 24, 2012
Losing My Religion, Internet Explorer’s Negative Impacts
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Articles have recently emerged, offering up opinions about how Internet Explorer has helped change the web for the better, but maybe we are too quick to compliment the only thing we know.No doubt. Internet Explorer has had an impact on how we surf the web today. Whether through lines of codes, or just functions we've grown use to, it has by far influenced our very way of thinking and how we browse.
However, someone who grew up on a particular religion rarely questions what they've been shown, but instead embraces it regardless if they truly believe it is the proper way or not.
Internet Explorer is our web religion. We grew up on it. There are plenty of denominations out there, different accounts and versions, but they are essentially the same, thanks to a monopoly Microsoft created.
The Microsoft web browser has impacted our very way of surfing the web, how we look for things, and essentially our overall experience with the Internet as a whole.
The mind of one man, and a team, determined the best way for us to surf, and from that we have a set way of exploring our favorite videos, tweets and new Lebron shoe images.
But, maybe we are at the age where we should question what we grew up on. Maybe we should take into consideration that what we've been fed isn't what it´s all cracked up to be.
What if the role Internet Explorer has played into how we currently browse the web was too powerful, too dominant, and too influential?
Maybe if the monopoly that Microsoft created with its web browser had never existed? Or at the very least if its popularity was snuffed out early on by a newer, better browser. Then things could be different and even more advanced than they are today.
Let's play the "what if game" for a little while and explore the possibility that Opera's web browser became more popular than Internet Explorer back in 1997. Or, at least, let's imagine that it had a fighting chance, and gave Internet Explorer a healthy rival to compete with, and try and outperform.
Opera Software initially proposed HTML5 as a language for structuring and presenting content for the Internet. Although this was way after the Internet Explorer hay-days, Opera's innovative idea is now one sought out by popular companies like Apple, years later.
HTML5 is the future of web browsing, and is how videos are able to be played on your iPhone and iPad, despite Apple not allowing Flash on its portable devices.
Flash has been widely criticized for causing problems on desktop computers. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs never hesitated to speak his disdain of the coding, even boldly saying that a huge majority of the problems his company's computers have faced was due to Adobe's Flash platform.
Now, imagine a web browser that would've ignored the birth of Flash on the Internet, but instead pushed for HTML to stretch beyond its reaches. Not only would computers have been less bogged down when surfing the Internet, but smartphones would have immediately come out with the ability to play our favorite "The Office" episode on NBC.com.
What if Mozilla had been around back when IE was rising to its throne, but before the Microsoft browser claimed its destiny, Firefox had snatched it up with its plug-ins.
How might today's web browsers look if we could have taken Internet Explorer out of the picture? Microsoft is notorious for the lack of effort it puts into programming, as well as its lack of creativity.
Bill Gates built his entire empire by ripping off the moves Apple would make. Microsoft was better at business, and was able to build a less superior product and sell it to the masses. However, the tables have turned, and Apple is now rising to power as people realize how pure programming intellect, and design, is able to perform fluidly.
If Microsoft hadn't had the ability to crush all web browsers during the rise of Internet popularity, then maybe another Steve Jobs could have risen to power and developed a whole new Internet experience.
Jobs did rise to power, and reinvent the cell phone, while also recreating how our electronics are integrated into our daily lives, as well as how the Internet is integrated. Maybe that integration would have adapted early on if not for a Microsoft browser squeezing the life out of any young programmer needing a good start.
Perhaps email clients would be unnecessary because they would be built directly into our browsers, along with other applications. Maybe Facebook would be unnecessary because our Internet browser could have been connecting us to our friends from the get go, sharing photos instantly, putting them on our own webpages.
Granted, what if scenarios seem pretty impractical considering you can't change the past. So, maybe I can just jump on the media bandwagon as well, and thank Microsoft for its heavy influence on our daily lives today. Thank you, Bill Gates, for teaching me the ways of the Internet and influencing it so heavily that I cannot find out for myself if there is a better way of doing things than what we have now.
Instead of thanking Internet Explorer for its contribution to our daily web browsing, maybe we should be losing our religion, and hope that never again a tech company will rise to power and snuff out innovation and the little guys.