questionswould you pay extra for your browser ?

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You're lucky. We're still using IE6 at work.

Version 6.0.2900.2180

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So they want customers to pay for them to make their website look nice, effectively an advertising charge? Seriously, those costs are covered in the markup on the products.

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IE sucks and has sucked for years and years. And it gets worse when people allow toolbars to get installed on top of it. I'm glad I can use whatever I want because I prefer Chrome about a thousand times more than IE.

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IE7 is currently the only browser we can use or download at my work too. i just went and tried to almost-purchase something but was never shown the additional tax for using IE7. I got up to the part where i enter my credit card and address info

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@fenriq: I would cheerfully strangle and dismember whoever thought it was a good idea to force a yahoo or google toolbar onto poor, innocent beginner-level computer users.

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@magic cave: IIRC, there is an option to uncheck a box. Forced? Not as I recall. Shifty? Yes.

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@jsimsace: Removal of the crap tool bars is more complicated that merely unchecking a box, especially for folks who are at a pre-kindergarten level of computer proficiency.

I used the word "forced" because the tool bars seem to come pre-installed on some computers, so that beginner-users have no option but to struggle with them. My secondary objection is that both google and yahoo tool bars evidently have only search boxes, rather than easily findable URL address boxes. Putting the actual address of my credit union into a search box takes the user to a choice of web pages, most of which are internal pages which can't be accessed without logging into the site. Oh, gosh! The user can't get to the log-in page on the first try, or the second, and often not on the third.

I've come to loathe all add-on, proprietary tool bars.

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I wouldn't pay extra, but I think it's awesome that they are. Especially, IE.. which can sometimes be a nightmare. Actually, all MS products can be. If I had $1 for every line of code I've had to write to accomodate them ignoring RFCs and standards, I could probably buy everything Woot sells for a year.

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Before I read the description, I wondered if one of the major browsers was going to start charging for updates.

As a user who suffered through issues with pages not working in the early days of Opera and Firefox, I am glad to see the tide has turned. Charging seems silly though. They (IE users) can either accept limited functionality and "prettiness," catch up with everyone else and use a better browser, or they can do what the rest of us did when IE was still king and begrudgingly use another browser to utilize the particular site that's a problem.