Re: Why does anyone use IE?
Exactly. A certain crowd has been saying for months that Windows XP's termination would be no big deal, and that people could basically continue using it. As I've written a few times before, I can understand why some customers feel annoyed that they're being pushed off a usable product. But I've also found the "keep using XP" advice to be at best quixotic, and at worst, irresponsible.
If you're an IT pro who knows how to lock down an XP machine, that's one thing. When people using XP on closed networks say they're not concerned, I believe them. But there are millions of people out there, right now, running both XP and Internet Explorer, without any real awareness of why that combination is a particularly bad thing. It's inevitable that some people who insist on using Windows XP are gonna get burned-- perhaps only a minority of users, but for that minority, the potential damage is pretty bad.
Recently, I spoke with some family friends. They're not tech savvy and had a computer with Windows XP. A friend of theirs who works as a freelance IT consultant told them not worry about it, which I found absolutely insane. These people are fairly affluent and have been targets of identity theft attempts in the past—not broad spectrum, impersonal attacks; the targeted, individual, "attackers know who you are" kind. They're also not very interested in changing their computing behavior. Their situation isn't everyone's-- but I think it's one where a new computer was clearly the best option. Incidentally, they bought a Windows 7 PC.