In case you were too drunk yesterday and missed the joyous news Microsoft announced it was retiring its browser the dreaded Internet Explorer just shy of it’s 20 year anniversary. That’s right Bill Gates will be spilling malt liquor soon for IE and it’s shitty iterations. Not since Netscape died has the web design community had more of a reason to celebrate. For regular Internet users out there and government employees alike this might not sound like a big deal, but from the web development community, this is music to our ears. It’s a Godsend, a red letter day. For years, we’ve had to develop for this lumbering dinosaur of a browser which didn’t support modern day code until version 9.
All you need to do is perform a hashtag search for #dieIEdie to see just how many people were not on board with this clunky excuse of a web browser. Perform a quick Google search and you’ll find page after page of anti IE websites that exist. There is a huge side of the Internet community that has no idea of the sleepless hours lost over programming for previous versions of this browser. IE 6,7,8 being the target for a most of the geek vitriol and hatred.
This means that gone are the days of writing downgraded code to provide a gracefully degredaded version of the website or application you spent countless hours programming. No longer will we have support technology that refuses to support itself. No longer will we have to provide a clumsy bit of broken code that works for IE and only IE.
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This is a Double Edged Sword
Yes IE is going the way of the Do Do, however, there are plans to replace the soon to be a defunct browser in Windows 10 with a new browser Microsoft is calling Project Spartan. So I’m sorry to say to all the cross browser compatibility specialists out there we’re still going to have at least 1 more browser to code for. Hopefully, they will pick up where IE 11 left off and at the very least support modern day code.
“We’re now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10,” said Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossela. “We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.”
What does this mean for devout IE users?
When I say, devout users, I guess I mean those people that are still forced to use IE for job or school. There are plenty of people in today’s working world that are somewhat forced to use Internet Explorer to run programs. That’s right in order for IE to work properly there are many programs that have server side includes and scripts that make MS programs function. If they adhered to W3C standards like the rest of the design community they wouldn’t need these. It’ll be interesting to see how the educational and professional communities that rely on IE for day to day use handle the inevitability of the death of Internet Explorer.
Enjoy it while you can. We’ll see how Spartan shakes out. But for today…WOOHOO!
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