Several times a day, at random web sites, I get the all-too-popular "internet explorer has stopped working" message. I have tried all of the troubleshooting steps that I can find (uninstall IE and let it automatically re-install, compatibility mode, disable all add-ons by using the "-extoff" switch, resetting everything to the default settings, clear cache, etc) but nothing has stopped the errors. The only thing that sometimes works is to change the browser mode to IE9 by using the developer tools (F12). That's fine for one-time workarounds, but it is not a solution. Yesterday, Outlook 2013 crashed following a "IE has stopped working" message and I could not restart Outlook (no preview pane, no HTML email open). IE kept recovering the website, and the only way I could get Outlook to start was to completely terminate IE. At that point, I could start Outlook and then start IE again. A co-worker just upgraded to 8.1 and the crashes appear to be even more frequent under IE11.
Most of the official responses seem to blame add-ons, security settings, and a myriad of other things. Once users rule them out, things get very quiet from support.
Honestly, I don't care to hear the excuses of why IE10/11 stops working. FireFox works, Chrome works, IE9 works - FIX IE10/11 so they work. Users (no matter how technical they are) do not care about the reasons for changing security settings, HTML, etc. They DO care about the fact that it is not functional. I realize that MS is trying to force sites and developers to conform most closely to industry standards. But let me provide some feedback on that effort - IT IS NOT WORKING AS INTENDED! The only thing that MS is accomplishing is frustrating users of IE10 and IE11. I have never used anything other than IE as my primary browser, but I have reached the point that I am going to try switching to FireFox.
While I was typing this post, it happened again - no other browser tabs open, all add-ons disabled, and IE froze with a nice "microsoft.com is not responding" pop-up at the bottom of the screen. I had one option - close the window, lose my entire post, restart IE, and start from scratch.
I am now closing IE and changing my default browser to FF until 1) I see some hard facts that MS is addressing this, or 2) something simply doesn't work in FF, at which point I will try Chrome, and as a last resort I will see if it will work in IE, possibly running in IE9 mode.
Sorry MS - you really blew it with IE10 and IE11.