10 Reasons to Leave Your Default Browser Behind
Article by George Norman
On 06 Dec 2011
Ever wondered why you should leave your default browser behind and move on to something else? If you have been thinking about dropping the browser that comes by default on your Windows-powered computer (that would be Internet Explorer, IE for short), then you will be glad to find out that Opera Software, the Norwegian developer behind the popular Opera web browser, has come up with 10 reasons why you should do that. Check the out below

Opera Software’s 10 Reasons to Leave Your Default Browser
  1. You clean everything to prepare for the holiday, why not your computer?
  2. No assembly required; it’s all in the download package.
  3. It is free, a deal year-round, rather than a Black Friday doorbuster.
  4. Unlike socks, this fits everyone.
  5. We tried not to say it, so we misspelled it: IT’S FSAT.
  6. Justin Bieber doesn’t use it.
  7. It’s supported by science since version 10 (at least). See here.
  8. Your kids won’t wake you up at the crack of dawn Christmas morning; they’ll be too busy with the browser.
  9. See #6.
  10. Your current browser is so fat it can’t slide down the chimney.

Opera Software came up with the list presented above on a very joyous occasion: the release of Opera 11.60 codename Tunny . Opera Software explained that some 50% of the world’s population never tried anything other than the browser that comes by default on their computers. Since the holiday season is almost upon us and since Opera 11.60 is already out (get it here ), you could give someone a “gift that changes everything” – you could get a friend of yours who never tried anything but the default browser to try something new.


This isn’t the first time that the “get people to try something new” idea goes around. Friday, the 25th of November, was Update Your Parents’ Browser Day, an initiative launched by The Atlantic and supported by Redmond-based software giant Microsoft. Microsoft said that if your parents are still on IE6 or IE7, you should update their browser to IE8 (if they’re still on XP) or IE9 (if they’re on Vista or Windows 7). The rest of the world had a different view on things – if your parents are on an old version of IE, upgrade them to a modern browser that automatically updates itself, like Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.

Tags: Opera Software, Opera, Microsoft, Windows, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome
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