Twitter Kindly Requests That You Stop Using Internet Explorer 8

    October 22, 2012
    Zach Walton
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Do you have a PC running Windows XP? Do you use Internet Explorer 8 on said PC? If so, Twitter has some words of advice – move it or lose it.

Twitter Support tweeted out today that they’re currently looking into a problem where Tweets aren’t posting in Internet Explorer 8. They kindly suggest that users currently affected by the problem move to another browser.

For some users, moving to another browser is easier said than done. As The Next Web points out, Internet Explorer 8 is the latest version of Microsoft’s browser that’s available to folks still using Windows XP. The browser also spawned some of the best ads to come out of Microsoft:

Unfortunately for some people, Internet Explorer is all they ever knew. The Internet is not the living, breathing creature that we all know and love to these users. For them, it’s just something that should work without any input on their part. Rarely do they ever realize that their refusal to change is what leads to these predicaments in the first place.

That’s why Twitter suggests those users check out Browse Happy as it contains links to all the latest browsers from all the major vendors. Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera are offered up alongside Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer. The site links to the latest versions of each browser so that users know they’re getting the most secure version yet.

Windows XP users who are affected by the current outage should check out any of the other browsers available to them. Internet Explorer 9 may be unavailable, but the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera are all available to Windows XP users. All three browsers support Twitter and everything else you could ever hope to do on the Web.

Of course, the problem won’t truly go away until we can phase out Windows XP from all major markets. Many people refused to upgrade to Windows Vista and still haven’t upgraded to Windows 7. This rift in Windows users can only lead to more problems as Microsoft drops support for Windows XP altogether.

Windows XP users should take Twitter’s suggestion as not only a call to change browsers, but to finally upgrade that operating system. You don’t even have to buy a new PC anymore. The spread of tablets and other mobile devices ensures a few years of compatibility before hardware manufacturers create the next great thing that makes every prior device obsolete.

  • http://www.frogdice.com Michael Hartman

    Good advice there. Windows 7 is awesome and there is really no reason not to upgrade. Windows XP was an amazing OS – one of the best ever. But 7 is superior.

    Windows 8 is going to be something like $99 or cheaper.

    My concern with the short lifespan of 7 is that we are going to once again have people spread all over the place: XP, Vista, 7, and 8. I hope Microsoft sticks with 8 for a LONG time – at least 4-5 years. That would do wonders for unifying what OS people are using.

  • http://www.ianmayman.com/ Ian Mayman

    What is an operating system? How do I “upgrade that operating system” and why?

    These are the questions the users you refer to have no clue about. To them, a computer is like a calculator, which means the software and hardware it comes with is good for the life of the product and will only be replaced when it no longer works. If I was like that, I would still be using my 20 year Commodore Amiga 500 because it still works, unlike most PCs of that age!

  • http://www.socialbakers.com/facebook-pages/ Facebook Pages

    I think this is a great request. Internet Explorer 8, I would say all of the versions, are not good web browsers. It is not effective, it is not fast and it is not user-friendly – unlike others, like Chrome or Mozilla. I highly recommend the people using IE to switch to one of those.

  • Toto

    I still use XP and I don’t intend to let go even if you burn my axx with a lighter like the turtle. I’m married to XP until death do us apart. We even have children together. I don’t know about IE. I use Firefox. Can anybody bring Windows 98 back please? She is that ex you can never forget.

  • http://www.cobwebseo.com/ Ajay Jhunjhunwala

    What happened man? This is big problem for people who don’t have much knowledge about other web browser. Because still now most of the internet users use IE as well as IE8. So thank on behalf of those users for the suggestion.

  • http://www.natebal.com/blog/stop-using-internet-explorer-today/ Nate Balcom

    I’ve been a web designer for over a decade and not since Netscape and earlier versions of IE like 6 were the only browsers worse cross browser testing for. Go Chrome, Go Safari, go Firefox what ever. Stop using Internet Explorer today!