Still available in:
...Windows 10 China Government Edition.
I wonder how much work the CIA had to put in to make that happen?
This Valentine's day, Microsoft is quietly giving users the final gift of no more Internet Explorer by rolling out an Edge patch to most versions of Windows 10, finally killing the browser in all but IE mode. Yes, you may be thinking, we knew IE was dead in June 2022, when Microsoft announced its official end of life in favor …
...there are still things I have to support that don't quite work properly under Edge's IE mode. Regardless...
> If your business still has IE11 dependencies, it's too late to take steps to smooth the transition, unfortunately: The patch is out, and "business disruption at scale" could follow for those that didn't bother to take action earlier.
Let's remember that it was MS that, in an earlier era, abused its market dominance to make the nonstandard IE the dominant browser and the "standard" everyone coded to regardless.
Let's remember that it was MS that used "embrace, extend and extinguish" to lock people into IE's peculiarities and whose virtual monopoly on browsers from the late 90s to mid 2000s held back development enough to ensure that this sort of crap got locked in for years to come.
Let's remember that it very much suited them to do this back then, and if any businesses "still have IE11 dependencies", it's as a result of MS's self-serving behaviour at that time.
So, to the person from MS who whined a few years back that they still had to support all those crappy old, obsolete nonstandard features because people were still using them... do us all a favour and shut up. This was MS's own fault, damn right it deserves no sympathy for the mess it created.
Yes, this is all true.
Personally, I don't get it. It's always been clear to me that publishing on the web means adhering to web standards.
Some years ago I asked a colleague why he had coded a web site that *only* worked on IE. He replied that this was the brief that he had been given. Not necessarily that it only worked on IE, but that it did work there, and no one cared about other browsers.
That's the problem.
One day Chrome won't any longer be "the web". On that day sites which are coded to web standards will continue working.
Microsoft played the long game with IE... they knew someone like Google would come along, with fewer scruples/corporate encumberances than themselves, and write/help to write a better browser (Chromium) which could be easily modified to slurp up just the same, if not more, data than IE ever could, leading by example (Chrome).
Edge is just a Microsof~1 Chrome - just as intrusive and grasping as Chrome but for the boys in blue rather than Alphabet soup.
Agree. This should have been a condition of the various consent decrees that MS has been forced to sign from time to time.
I would also make Opera SA release the source code for their v12 Browser, i.e. the last one before they palmed us off with a Blink remix.
We need diversity in the browser market. Lot's of Chrome forks along with Mozilla limping along doesn't cut it. It amuses me that KHTML has ended up the winner, but it's not healthy.
I got caught up in the browser wars of the 90's. I was doing web development at the time. We tried to support IE and other browsers but constant breakage in our applications due to IE constantly introducing incompatibilities caused me to quit browser application development. Never again, chrome seems like a replay of it.
It took a while but I finally got the twitching under control.