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Half a billion Internet Explorer users could be wrong?

Patrick

PEOPLE with low IQs favour Microsoft's Internet Explorer for their Web Browser, according to a test carried out on 100,000 subjects a report reveals.

The news comes from Vancouver-based Psychometric Consulting company AptiQuant.

Based on 100,000 subjects taking free online IQ tests, Internet Explorer users scored lower than average on the IQ tests. Chrome, Firefox and Safari users had just a teeny bit higher than average IQ scores. And users of Camino, Opera and IE with Chrome Frame had exceptionally higher IQ levels.

Read more about AptiQuant's findings here.

Many of you will have heard Krann staff rant about the inexplicably idiosyncratic way Internet Explorer converts code into webpages.

Versions 6, 7, 8 and now 9 - the latter billed as 'the most advanced and fastest IE yet' by Microsoft (its makers) all suffer from rendering code in their own unique way - different standards for each version and all of which differ from any generally recognised global standard.

As a consequence, thousands of web developers the world over have griped about Microsoft and its curious web browser.

Moreover, browsers such as Firefox, Opera and Chrome - the latter from Microsoft's rivals Google -  have gained a foothold in the browser market, not to mention Apple's own 'Safari' browser.

And yet, despite the oddness of Internet Explorer, its potential to allow spyware to install itself on your PC and its capacity to be at odds with Microsoft Windows, slowing down your PC and making it crash, the Internet Explorer browser refuses to go away and is still the most popular browser in the world... for now.

Web development firms such as Krann just have to put up with it and typically have to code their customers' websites twice. Once in standard HTML code which works on Firefox etc. then again for Microsoft's Internet Explorer - sometimes with extra code for version 8, 7 and 6 thrown in. It means millions of web pages have tiny snippets of code shoved in to 'correct' good code just so Internet Explorer can make head or tail of it.

Despite this long standing and global gripe by us and fellow web developers, we were surprised (but not too amazed) to learn today that Microsoft's flagship browser turns out to be the favoured browser of... people with low IQs.

That's right. According to the Daily Telegraph: "Users of the most popular web browser, Internet Explorer, tend to have lower-than-average IQ, according to a survey of online habits."

Read more about the report in the PC World story: "Internet Explorer Users Are Kinda Stupid, Study Suggests".