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Posted on 2015.04.07 at 00:00
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I've read quite a few articles recently on the retirement of Internet Explorer. "Finally," they all say, but there's no mention of how the Windows operating system is supposed to run without it, since that was Bill Gates' claim to the State Department in the late 90s. No mention whatsoever.

At work, we're not allowed to run anything but IE8. Which is problematic since many web apps no longer support it. And since many web apps support "only" IE10, I can only assume the new Microsoft browser will be IE10 compatible, which probably means its going to suck balls no matter how lightweight it is. I can't even comprehend how little a developer would care how fast "Spartan" maligns code.

But none of that matters anymore. Because corporate America is finally shifting to Mozilla.

I installed my first Netscape browser - Navigator - in 1995 from a floppy my ISP provided me. I was grinning like an idiot because I didn't have to pay for it (browsers were purchased and installed like applications back in the day). Even way back then people understood IE to be a substandard product (having used NCSA Mosaic on Sun, Navigator was light-years ahead of IE's rebranding in polish and rendering). Anthropomorphising corporate America, TWENTY FUCKING YEARS LATER it lifts its gigantic, bloated head, and rather than make good on their two-decade threat to outlaw Firefox, they're going to embrace it.

What's next, legalization of weed? Forbidding scientists from advising Congress? Oh, wait.


(Anonymous) at 2015-04-07 05:51 (UTC) (Link)

glad to see ie go.

i used Mozilla first, then netscrape, then ie some version or another.
I've been settle on Firefox for years now. I do play around with chrome
Some but Firefox is my first choice.

ehowton at 2015-04-07 15:26 (UTC) (Link)

Re: glad to see ie go.

I like that I can put Chrome and Firefox both on almost any operating system I'm running. I remember installing IE 5.5 on Solaris and HP/UX way back when - which was fun for the interoperability. To bad they didn't stay atop that.
michelle1963 at 2015-04-07 16:12 (UTC) (Link)
My corporation still embraces IE even as they embrace LinkedIn for networking - nevermind that IE often can't properly display LinkedIn. Hrmmm.
ehowton at 2015-04-07 17:32 (UTC) (Link)
Dueling corporate policies. I can hear the banjos from here.
Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2015-04-08 18:52 (UTC) (Link)
Yup. Our entire CRM, Intranet, HR system and reporting system runs on Internet Explorer. I used Maxthon for well over ten years, from back when they began tabbed browsing. But then about two years ago I noticed that Chrome wasn't bugging out every two seconds anymore and that it was actually pretty cool now so I use that mostly.
ehowton at 2015-04-08 19:08 (UTC) (Link)
Did you guys also go OpenOffice/LibreOffice? Rock on!
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