Why you should update your web browser now.


Have you ever had this strange feeling that your computer was making fun of you? You don’t know why and you didn’t change your way of using it but suddenly, it started to slow down for everything and especially when you are using the Internet. Well, it may come from your web browser.

Web services like Fusion Yearbooks are made to help you save time. Our mission is to make things simple, fast and flexible so you can do more things with less effort. But to provide you with the best tools, we need to adapt our technology to the standards of the Internet, which are evolving all the time.

Why is it important to update your web browser? Why is Google Chrome the best web browser to use for your yearbook project this year? This is what you are about to discover below.

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What is a web browser?

A web browser helps you locate information on the web. Technically speaking, it’s a software application for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources. You might recognise these four popular browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Each of them has its own rules of reading and displaying information which, you can guess, adds some spice into the game of developing web services.

Why are web browsers changing all the time?

For better security

Have you heard about scams, trojans, viruses of others similar delights? There are new ones everyday. Web browsers are fixing them as they go and they release regular updates to protect you from them. For example, if you are using Internet Explorer 6, you can be sure that you are less protected than if you were using Internet Explorer 11 (more infos about it a few lines below).

To insure compatibility

Technology is moving fast. For example, a couple of years ago, Flash was the standard technology to watch videos on Internet. Today, as Flash is not supported by smartphones and tablets, YouTube just stopped using it and started to use another technology (HTML5). A lot of things like that are happening everyday and if your browser is not up-to-date, there is no promise that you will be able to access the most recent services in good conditions.

To maximise speed

New browsers are always faster. Billions of users share billions of photos, texts and videos everyday. To give you a quick access to anything, browsers improve their speed and performances all the time. It’s like for cars: engineers improve performances and reduce energy consumption. So if you feel that Fusion Yearbooks is running slow, maybe check if your browser is up to date.

To improve your experience

New technology means great add-ons and engineers work hard to make your experience better. Things that you won’t always see if your browser is out-of-date…

Which browser should I use?

I found an interesting analysis, provided by Software Insider. In their post they are comparing the 4 top web browsers. Some of the info looked a bit complicated, so I tried to extract the essentials for you.

Here are the key-points to remember for each of them:

– Google Chrome is unanimously voted to be the most secure, a notion reinforced through its popular use.

– Mozilla Firefox ranked slightly below Chrome in terms of popularity and use, but offers more options for Operation Systems.

– Safari ranked third.

– Notably, Internet Explorer ranked last. The most significant factor contributing to this placing would be the fact that it is only compatible with Windows Operating Systems.

Personally, I use Google Chrome and find it to be the best performing browser. If you’re making a decision about which browser to use, here’s my advice:

1- Whatever your choice, please update it to the latest version. It’s the only way for you to make sure you get the best performance, speed, compatibility and of course, security.

2- To use Fusion Yearbooks the best browser to use is Google Chrome. Fusion Yearbooks is working on HTML5 and Google Chrome is considered as the best for it.

How can I update my browser?

The easiest way for you to get the last version of your browser is to download it. Here are the links to get them:

– Google Chrome: download page
– Mozilla Firefox: download page
– Safari: download page
– Internet Explorer: download page

My school uses Internet Explorer 6. How can I convince my IT service to update?

Why are they using it?

If your school computers are running on Windows XP, well, it may be the reason. Internet Explorer 6 was released on August, 27, 2001, just after Windows XP. Working exclusively with Windows XP, IE6 was the very first browser allowing IT teams to set up options on a single server and apply them to all their computers at once. And at the time, as no other browser could compete, a lot of IT services jumped onto it and set it up for their companies.

But they also realised that IE6 was very basic and they had to spend a lot of energy (time and money) to develop custom add-ons to make it work the way they needed. But there is something they didn’t expect…

IE6, “the least secure software on the planet.”*

Since its release in 2001, this 14 years-old web browser has always been criticised for its security issues and lack of support for modern web standards. With time, major websites like Google and YouTube decided to drop support on IE6 services. Even some governments asked their citizens to move away from IE6 (Ex: Germany, France, Norway, etc.). This ended with a terrible announcement on March, 4, 2011: Microsoft urged its users to stop using Internet Explorer 6 and update to newer versions.

*PC World rated Internet Explorer 6 the 8th-worst tech product of all time.

That being said, why doesn’t my IT service want to change?

You have to understand that all the work, time and money they have put around the customisation of Windows XP and IE6 are not usable for newer versions of Internet Explorer. That means that they would have to re-start from scratch, which is why they don’t really want to do it (time and money consuming). But changing to the latest Windows and the latest Internet Explorer is not only a question of money because licences are paid for Operating Systems themselves, not versions (the cost of use doesn’t change). This is more a question of time and resources that need to be put in those changes.

They will have to change soon, for 3 simple reasons.

1-    Internet Explorer 6 is no longer supported by the Web industry. Companies just stopped to invest time and energy to develop things for a browser that Microsoft itself asked to stop using.

2-    Windows XP support has ended on April 8, 2014. Microsoft announced: “we decided to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences”.


3-   Microsoft developers are working on a new web browser project named “Spartan” (for Windows 10 users), that may replace the current versions of Internet Explorer. With time, this could mean the real end of Internet Explorer.

So, in the end…

To sum up, here is the list of things you should keep in mind:

1 – Updating your web browser regularly is important
You have to do it once in a while to insure you get the most of it.

2 – Stop using Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6
Because they are not reliable and are a real danger for your computer and infrastructure if you have one.

3 – Google Chrome is the best web browser to use for Fusion Yearbooks
And it’s the same for many other web services. It’s the more evolutive and flexible one.

I think you now have enough arguments to talk to your principal and tell him why it is important for you school to move forward.

I hope you found this article informative and useful and can use it to improve your experience on the Internet. If you have any questions or comments leave your feedback below.

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After a degree in corporate journalism and 4 years in a publishing agency in Paris, Julien fell into digital. Passionate about content in general, he loves turning good ideas into practical tips & tricks. That's just one of the things he does at Fusion Yearbooks, as a Digital and Content Manager.

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