Mac users clinging to Internet Explorer
John Oxton has encountered some problems with Mac users who insist on using Internet Explorer as their main web browser. Read about his frustration in Why do you cling to IE5/Mac?.
I’ve seen this myself. Old time Mac users who upgrade to Mac OS X are very likely to keep using Internet Explorer, despite the wealth of modern browsers available. After talking to a few of them, the obvious reason is that they don’t know that Internet Explorer is seriously outdated and has been end-of-lined. Most of the sites they use also keep working. No big surprises there.
Not sure what it’s like in other countries, but here in Sweden IE/Mac is used way too often when a web browser interface is needed for a screenshot or ad in computer or design magazines. You even see it used in TV commercials. No wonder people who don’t work in the web industry think it’s still the browser they should use.
The question is this: What can we do to convince Mac OS X users to switch to a better browser, giving them a better experience browsing the web and letting developers stop struggling with CSS support for IE/Mac once and for all? Through education and information, obviously, but how do we reach them?