I am experiencing ongoing frustration with my Internet Explore 11's MSN Homepage. It wrests ongoing control of My chosen user preferences.
I am a Canadian currently located in Bogota, Colombia. Internet Explorer 11 is configured via Internet Options to default to my Homepage "http://www.msn.ca/?lang=en-ca". The initial indication is the page opens up with "http://www.msn.com/?lang=en-ca". OK, not too big of a problem. Rather straight forward.
However, so ends my Internet Explorer 11 controllability. The IE11 sub-app MSN 'home'page reverts to Espanol complete with regional information. Frankly, I have zero interest in viewing regional information from here. I prefer to see what is going on at 'home' which is why I configure my homepage accordingly. It is, after all, supposed to be my choice. To top it off, even though the address bar clearly identifies the language to be English, the page is entirely in Espanol. This is not a case of misinformation being improperly entered; I see it as a form of hijacking akin to spam-like or malware-like interference.
Occassionally upon logging in I note the actual address curiously becomes "http://www.msn.com/?lang=en-ca&AR=2". I scope out my Internet Options homepage settings and they are as I have entered; however the address bar information is as I just identified. Makes no sense to me whatsoever. I perceive this information to suggest English as the language and perhaps Argentina as the regional location. Still, nothing in English, everything in Spanish and certainly not Canada. The result is, in all cases, not whatsoever that I manually configured. Yeah, clear history etc., but no matter, it does not do as configured.
Without understanding, occasionally if I click the Home 'button' the page will finally take me to my configured Homepage. Very inexplicable as there are no variables which clearly indicate how and why. Far more times than others, I find my Homepaging to the regional page rather than my pre-configured Canadian Homepage.
If I manually change the address to 'force' "http://www.msn.ca/?lang=en-ca" and then click ENTER the page automatically reloads as:
which I perceive suggests a 'ReDirect Follow Through"(? my decoding?) taking me instead to a website which MSN 'magically, determines is appropriate; contrary entirely to that which is manually entered into Internet Explorer 11.
All in all, this ongoing 'competition' for me to securely lock down my preferred home page within Internet Options has become a complete waste of my time. In mind I have spent considerable time investigating and (apparently proving it works) reconfiguring MSN to start at my selected home page (Canada) in English probably 10 times in the last week.
I am disinterested in appearing to justify basic user-selected configuration preferences which are clearly intended to enable 'complete' unique function. At it's core, this is simply a tool for my use. It either works well and makes my life either a bit easier or better, or it does not.
The reality for me when I use Internet Explorer 11, it defaults to MSN as the tool to display my Homepage. Without attempting to sound melodramatic, MSN hijacks my personally configured Homepage-setting redirecting instead to display regional information in a foreign language to me repeatedly regardless what is displayed in the address bar. However:
- if I log in using my Google browser profile, it functions as I configured it.
- if I log in using my Firefox browser profile, it functions as I configured it.
I view this functional difference between browsers to suggest there is no regional requirement let alone legal requirement obliging the independent services to not enable me to proactively dictate where I intend my Homepage to reside.
My rationale behind my choice to utilize Internet Explorer 11 is I purchased a couple of Windows based cell phones as well as a new AiO ASUS computer preloaded with both Windows 8.1 and Android on it's tablet. I rationalized it may be reasonable giving Internet Explorer the college try to ensure commonality behind hardware platforms. The cell phones work just fine as do their associated applications.
My PC browsing effort using Internet Explorer 11 and it's default MSN sub-application is, however, unnecessarily frustrating (especially considering the alternative options readily available aka competition).
I have reached a position of experience which finds Internet Explorer 11 in conjunction with it's MSN interface is ineffective for my rather common requirements. It has become basically useless and entirely undependable.
It does not matter the degree of ingenuity I may have; nor how much skullduggery sleuthing I employ to discover (what continue to prove to be) short term solutions searching the internet to simply enable my Internet Explorer to function basically as required. I have had enough 'resolutions' advising me to 'simply' reset my I.E. to appear to wrest control of that which I do (supposedly) control; only to find I need to start yet again to create my interface profile criterion. Again and again and again throughout the week. My life is fulfilled in other 'normal' ways than redoing repeatedly that which was working fine a day or two earlier. The function is by and large untenable in comparison to the competition. In my opinion it seems both Internet Explorer overseers and MSN administrative proponents need to find their common reference point is simply browsing-for-the-user rather than, perhaps, browsing for the bottom line. The option is they will likely succeed in going broke at this rate.
Have a great day. Cheers!