Why Your Internet Browser Choice Is Important
By Phil Rooney and Stuart Wood
The world has changed. Just a decade ago, the Internet was dominated by one browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). But since then, new browsers have become available, threatening IE’s market dominance.
Your choice of Internet browser—including which version you deploy—can play a big part in your Internet experience and in the performance of the online products that you use on a day-to-day basis. By upgrading to a newer technology, you can usually see an instant improvement in page loading times on many websites. Likewise, with older browser technologies, you are more likely to find that page loading times are degraded and that some functions simply do not work at all.
But it is not only your browser that impacts Internet access performance; another factor is the number and type of plug-ins that your computer has deployed. (IE9 now automatically provides users with information on plug-ins that delay IE loading a page by more than 20 seconds). Even the level of local traffic in your office or between your office and the telecommunication hub (‘the last mile’) can impact your Internet performance. Another culprit? Your organisation’s firewall settings.
Not all browser technologies deliver the same performance. The chart below highlights the difference in actual versus perceived load times between difference browsers.
Load time versus perceived render time (1)
Benefits of Upgrading Your Internet Browser
- The choice of browser can significantly increase performance because newer technologies (such as IE8, IE9 and Mozilla Firefox) are designed to enable faster access to the web.
- By using an older browser technology (such as IE6, which is now over 10 years old), you are exposing your hardware and other computers in your network to security threats as well as to an increased likelihood of attack. Newer browsers have been developed to ensure safer access to the Internet and offer increased privacy settings.
- As new browser technologies become available, they add capabilities (such as tabbed browsing) that IHS applications utilise to add powerful new functionality to our applications. Having developed applications for up-to-date browsers, it becomes increasingly difficult for software vendors (including IHS) to ensure that applications will work when they encounter older browser technologies.
- With an increasing choice of browser technologies to support (including traditional browsers such as IE and those such as Apple Safari designed to support mobile applications) the demands associated with testing and product support increase exponentially. You’ll find that software providers (including IHS) will stop supporting their applications when running on older technologies in order to focus their development efforts on newer technologies.
- You will be using technology that is supported by Microsoft (or other browser vendors depending on your choice of browser) as well as by IHS.
Browsers Supported by IHS Energy Online Applications
The table below highlights which browser technologies are currently supported by IHS energy applications.
Our choice of supported browser technologies is designed to mirror our customers’ preferences and is consequently focused on IE and Firefox.
We appreciate that for some of you, the choice of Internet browser is the domain of your corporate IT department. Therefore, we urge you to contact your IT department to discuss the available upgrade options to ensure you can continue to experience the full functionality of our applications.
If you have any questions about this topic, please contact your local IHS Customer Care representative or contact us.
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