The Verge reports that Microsoft is killing its Internet Explorer brand. Don’t confuse it with the browser though.
Internet Explorer will still exist in some versions of Windows 10 mainly for enterprise compatibility, but the new Project Spartan will be named separately and will be the primary way for Windows 10 users to access the web.
There is no realistic way for Microsoft to kill the MSIE browser. Even if they will completely remove it from all the new installations, there is still a gadzillion computers with it already installed. It doesn’t matter if they “end of life” it or even actively push people to upgrade. It’ll just be dragged around for a few more years.
And what does Microsoft do to help? They introduce yet another browser – Spartan – into the mix. Like we don’t have enough good browsers already. So now web developers will be suffering the pain of not one, but two Microsoft web browsers. And the fun part will be supporting all the old ones, and figuring out all the quirks of the new one.
Thank you very much, dear Microsoft. You’re fun as always.
P.S.: A better solution would be of course to drop their own web browser completely and use one of the existing applications – Firefox, Chromium, Google Chrome, Opera, or anything else. All these options are free, well tested, solid, fast, and secure. Most even have huge communities with extension developers, theme designers, and support forums.
Here is a nice collection of old websites that were abandoned, but still work. Most of these were last updated in mid-90’s. And, though I haven’t seen most of them back in the day, the overall atmosphere and common elements of those time bring a nostalgic tear to my eye.
Off the whole selection, my obvious favorite one is Internet Explorer is EVIL! of course. Back in 1998, 15 years ago, way before any of the modern Web 2.0 or whatever version we are running now, some people knew the truth and were not afraid to say it. In the most expressing matter – including satanic stars, fires of Hell, and a face image of Bill Gates.
Some things never change …
GitHub Explore daily email brought in this awesome repo today. It’s a collection of high resolution web browser logos with transparent backgrounds.
It’s not just the five or six major browsers. The collection covers more than 50 (!!!) different browsers, with different logos for different versions. This is one and only place to go for when you need that “Best viewed in Internet Explorer 6” sign.
If the World War III will ever start, it won’t be for oil or food. It will be the whole world jumping on China, in an attempt to destroy every single computer running Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.
The developers of jQuery recently announced in a blog entry that jQuery 2.0 will drop support for legacy versions of Internet Explorer. The release will come in parallel with version 1.9, however, which will include support for older versions of IE. The versions will offer full API compatibility, but 2.0 will ‘benefit from a faster implementation that doesn’t have to rely on legacy compatibility hacks.
A few comments mentioned that dropping support for MSIE 6 and 7 is fine, but MSIE 8 is still widely used by people with Windows XP. The solution to the problem seems to be conditional tags. Since jQuery 2.0 will have fully compatible APIs to jQuery 1.9, something along the lines of:
<!--[if lt IE 9]>
<!--[if gte IE 9]>
should solve the problem.
Via The Next Web I’ve learned that according to StatCounter global stats, Google Chrome has just overtaken Microsoft Internet Explorer as the web’s most used browser. These are very good news! For the amount of pain and suffering MSIE caused to web developers all around the world during the last decade or so, it truly deserves to crash and burst in flames. That not being a realistic option, being kicked out of the web slowly, but surely seems like a good alternative.