Microsoft's Internet Explorer Comparison Chart

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 18, 2009
Updated • Dec 31, 2013
Internet Explorer

Microsoft has published a comparison chart that compares Internet Explorer with Mozilla Firefox and the Google Browser Google Chrome in categories such as security, privacy, compatibility and ease of use. It is not clear when the comparison chart was published but it made the rounds on Reddit earlier today.

A comparison chart created by the developer of one of the web browsers surely raises concerns in regards to objectivity, but what Microsoft did create is really something special.


To put it plainly: Internet Explorer 8 beats Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome in seven of the ten categories including security, privacy, reliability and ease of use.

Internet Explorer is as good as Google Chrome and Firefox in the last three categories that include performance, customizability or web standards. Each category contains a short comment as to why Internet Explorer outranks or ties the competition.

The security comment for example states that "Internet Explorer 8 takes the cake with better phishing and malware protection, as well as protection from emerging threats".

I suggest you take a look at the chart yourself to see what it's all about. Let us know what you think about!

Update: The chart is not available anymore on the Microsoft website, likely because Internet Explorer 8 is not the newest version of the browser anymore.

This still requires some explanation and commentary. As fast as customizing goes, it is Firefox that should be presented with the check mark, and not Internet Explorer nor Google Chrome. Mozilla's web browser offers better customization options than both browsers combined.

Developer Tools are available in all three web browsers, and while it is up to debate which are better or worse, it is at the very least a tie in that category.

Ease of use too is something that is debatable. I hardly know anyone who is using web slices, accelerators or suggestions, and if that is all that makes Internet Explorer stand out, it is not enough to take the crown in this category. What about things like mouse gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, the new tab page or technology support?

The same goes for privacy. All browsers support a private browsing mode, do not track,  so that we have a tie here as well, at the very least.

I could go on here and dissect the other groups, but I guess you get the point. Considering that this is made by Microsoft, it is a bad attempt at convincing people that the company's own browser is superior to Chrome or Firefox.


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  1. Fu4ny said on June 20, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Poor Microsoft and their employee, they don’t have a chance to use Firefox, Chrome, or Opera

  2. Emerson_ said on June 19, 2009 at 10:53 pm
  3. gokudomatic said on June 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    it’s exactly because it has been innovative for too long that it’s not mentioned anymore. Too bad.

  4. Ksenofon said on June 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Opera has been innovative for too long and still not mentioned?
    And besides, how trustworthy can be the results when run m1(r0$0f7?

  5. Deof Movestofca said on June 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    How about a column for “OS Compatibility”? As in, one can still run the most recently updated versions of Firefox on pre-XP OS’s, while IE 8? I didn’t think so….

  6. Hitesh said on June 19, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Hey you mention…
    They put free with Internet Explorer Hahahaha

  7. Dani said on June 19, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Reddit’s top comment on this story:

    Dangger 731 points732 points733 points 20 hours ago[-]

    That’s like saying:

    According to me, I’m the best ever.

  8. Rarst said on June 19, 2009 at 5:35 am


    ~40 millions last I heard.

  9. operayea said on June 19, 2009 at 5:07 am

    why should there? how many users can you find using opera? 2?

  10. 1101doc said on June 19, 2009 at 4:36 am

    And, once again, Opera is not even mentioned.

  11. gokudomatic said on June 19, 2009 at 12:17 am

    what are they smoking? was it a chart coming from their marketing section that did went through the examination of the QA?

  12. Rarst said on June 19, 2009 at 12:16 am

    As browser wars were ever about honesty and accurate comparisons?.. :)

    Microsoft may be most lame in its attempts but hardly original.

  13. chessboxing said on June 19, 2009 at 12:02 am

    They told us! lolz

  14. Niels said on June 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    This is, of course, pure PR. But instead of just snickering about it, how about describing the fallacies? Smart comments do nothing to claify the issues.

  15. Wurzelmann said on June 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I am surprised, to be hones, namely by the sheer naivety they show with this… Who is going to believe this chart anyway? Way to go, Microsoft…

  16. RG said on June 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    What you would expect from any big company, not the least surprised.

  17. Meena said on June 18, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    hahaha. it looks like they forgot to mention the browsing speed and all other useful options. that are found in firefox

  18. **Juanito** said on June 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Early April’s fool joke

  19. Jim Carter said on June 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    This “chart” is technology comedy at its best! I’m a PC tech dealing with users who have a very modest skill level with PCs, Windows, web browsers etc. I’ve done everything in my power to covert them from any version of IE to Firefox. I’ll only comment on one point in “ease of use”. Go to any version of IE and (for example) type CNN into the address box and press ENTER. Now…do the same thing in Firefox. Only one browser is going to take you to CNN’s web site and that’s Firefox. For a user who can barely turn a PC on, that’s “ease of use” at its most basic level.

  20. Butch said on June 18, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Sounds like the convicts reason for being in prison. ” I’m innocent. I got a bad lawyer!”
    How can people ever learn to trust Microsoft when they keep telling such bald faced lies.

  21. Paulus Bekkers said on June 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    HAhahahahaha! To funny for words. Especially when you consider that there are not mentioning the real useful applications.

  22. Wurzelmann said on June 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Wow… This has “North Corea” written all over it…

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