Hello readers! This Morning’s Minute is about why you should keep your computer’s web browsing software up to date.Â Recently I received a message from someone who was having trouble accessing content on a website not hosted by Platinum Synergy Group. It turns out that she was using an outdated version of her preferred web browser, Internet Explorer. The version she was using was not able to correctly display the media content on the website. This brought up an important question: How important is it to keep your web browser and other software up to date?
Home Office Pro is compatible across a wide range of platforms, and we are always working on improving that compatibility. Some features, however, run best on the latest versions of Internet Explorer 7 or Mozilla Firefox. This has a lot to do with changes made by the creators of the web browsers themselves. For example, Microsoft changed the way Internet Explorer handles web content in its latest version of 7.0. What this means is that web developers, like our company, have had to change some functionality aspects in order to make it compatible with Internet Explorer 7. Unfortunately, this means that some features, though still working, do not look as intended or run as quickly on Internet Explorer 6.0.29.
Most importantly, keeping your web browsers and other software up to date with the recommendations made by their creators, such as Microsoft, helps your computer to run smoother, safer and run the latest programs available. Programs and web content languages are in a constant state of growth and change. Microsoft and other companies release updates to allow their own programs to keep up with these changes and improvements. Updates are also released to insure your software is the most secure. When a bug or hole is found in a software that could potentially harm your computer, the software creators will release an update. It is very important that you run these updates.
The woman I spoke of earlier said she hadn’t updated yet because she had heard that the new version was so different. It is true that updating your software can mean that it will change the way it looks and works. It can mean getting used to a new interface, like how Internet Explorer 7 changed its tool bars and added tabs, but the pros of upgrading usually outweigh the cons. You can also contact the support line of your software provider to get more information about what all will be changing in the update.
Here are some links to the latest versions of the most popular internet browsers:
When in doubt, update!
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