Would Internet Explorer by Any Other Name Be So Hated?
I'll be one of the very first people to admit that I regularly railed Internet Explorer, admittedly ignorantly, because of my dealings with it in the past. My recent Internet Explorer 10 Experiment changed how I thought about Internet Explorer so entirely that it's now my default browser. Internet Explorer 10 isn't just faster than Chrome and Firefox--it's more secure, too.
But its name, these days, is about as desirable as having your fingernails ripped-out with a set of vice grips. In my honest opinion, there are three things that could save Microsoft's best browser yet--and they're really not terribly complicated. When I tell people that, yes, I do use Internet Explorer I always have to throw in a "No, really! It doesn't suck anymore!" and even then they still look at me in disbelief, shake their heads, and go back to playing Farmville or whatever in Chrome.
This is by far the biggest change necessary to win back customers, I feel. Internet Explorer has become rooted in the minds of customers as "that browser you have to get rid of by downloading another browser when you get a new computer". My feelings are that a name like "Mosaic" (a name, mind, that has already been used in the past, so who knows what sort of legal stuff would come-up as a result) would fit the browser better---especially when you take into account its Modern UI component.
The second aspect of the browser that needs to change is its appearance. It still looks far too much like Internet Explorer 7 and 8 for its own good. Drop the quasi-Aero appearance and put on a new coat of paint. I'm no master at GIMP, but the concept above shows what Mosaic could look like if Microsoft used its beautiful Office 2013 appearance for its browser. Let's make the "more beautiful web" even nicer with a more beautiful web browser.
There's little that really needs to be said here, because anyone who regularly uses Internet Explorer knows that its biggest weakness is the way it handles add-ons (extensions). An overhaul to make them act more like extensions in Chrome or Firefox would, perhaps, allow extension developers to feel less uneasy about coding extensions for their browser and would make them easier to manage for users of the browser.
So, what do you think? Is a new coat of paint, a name change, and a change to how add-ons work enough? Or is Internet Explorer simply doomed to declining market share regardless?