I8 Released As Critical Update For XP Posted by kdawson on Tuesday April 28, @11:34PM
Binestar was one of several readers writing in to note that Microsoft is listing IE8 as a critical update to Windows XP. CNet reported a couple of weeks back that Microsoft would be rolling our IE8 to users in a gradual fashion, and requiring an opt-in before installing it. Opinion has been split as to whether IE8 is worth installing or not. Binestar notes delicately, "For those not interested in upgrading to IE8 at this time, the MSDN released information back in January on how to keep IE8 off your machine."
Even when I completely got rid of IE on my laptop awhile back, with Firefox and Chrome I still could not see or work with certain sites. For example, I could not see or access certain MS sites and downloads without using IE. And every so often there are sites which render better in IE or videos that don't play well in other browsers.
Even if I never "use" it I still needed to have it available.
Not to mention that I help design websites and test them for friends and I need to be able to see how they look in IE since many people still use it.