Microsoft has recently announced the end of support for Windows XP. XP was a much-loved favorite of Microsoft users, although with the existence of newer, still user-friendly operating systems, XP has been essentially outclassed for some years now. Now that support is gone, it only takes an XP system approximately thirty minutes to be infected. Even antivirus software cannot prevent this. That, in and of itself, is a very convincing reason to upgrade as soon as possible.
In related and possibly less publicized news, Microsoft has also ended support for the wildly defunct Internet Explorer 6. This has been a long time coming, as IE 6 has been criticized for years as being an insecure and faulty browser. However, it has a large user base even today, well over a decade after its release, and some businesses still require their employees to use IE 6 as their primary browser. According to modern.ie, 4.2% of internet users across the globe use it. That’s a pretty large amount when you consider how many versions of how many different browsers have been released since 2001.
We at Div Creative urge our clients to upgrade their browsers to the newest version as soon as possible, for several reasons. The first, and most applicable to your company, is that depending on which version of a browser you run, the website we build for you may not be functional in your own office! We build according to the latest standards, and taking the time to make sure that a site displays correctly in every existing older browser is not an ideal use of our services.
Another reason is that newer browser versions tend to be more user-friendly and have features, such as tabbed browsing, that help make a user’s internet experience less frustrating. Older browsers also have less security measures, and what security they do have is outdated. This is possibly the most important reason to update. Your computer is more exposed to security attacks on an older browser, and no one wants to deal with security issues. It’s a pain, and annoying or stressful for the average user to fix.
We know how easy it is to fall in love with an interface, but we also know how easy it is to get used to the next step up. How many of you reading this remember complaining about the design changes Facebook made, but then quickly forgetting what the old design even looked like? Humans are adaptable, and a switch to a newer browser is an easy switch. We urge you to join us in the future (it’s great here!) and upgrade your browser today.