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Published: May 08 2012 / 02:43

An amazing thing happened last month. I was at DrupalCon in Denver. It’s a Woodstock of open source-oriented developers who reliably asked me, “What’s Microsoft doing here?”
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yakkoh replied ago:

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but may I point out:
(1) Reign is a strong word
(2) IE (any version) has rough time with HTML5
(3) IE is not what I call a mobile browser like Safari or Opera.

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coachrentalcompany replied ago:

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There is nice company in would and provide a good service.>>

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phpzag replied ago:

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I am a webdeveloepr and enjoying mozila firefox but its good if IE makes progress

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tonyweston replied ago:

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I develop my own web apps, not for any customer. I ensure my application is compatible with Webkit (safari/chrome), and (to a lesser degree) firefox.

I develop on a Mac, and Microsoft do not supply internet explorer for this platform. I can't test, without installing a VM, and paying the microsoft tax. It is Microsoft's choice to exclude my platform, and so its my choice not to develop for their proprietary browser.

Considering IE9, is still not quite there yet in regards to standards (otherwise, my app would work fine with IE9 ), the only reason for doing this is that websites created for IE9 only, will require Windows to run.

In my opinion, microsoft should drop IE, or base the next version around Webkit.....And start cooperating with the rest of the world.....rather than trying to make its own msHTML5 standard web for Windows PC's only.

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tonyweston replied ago:

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tonyweston replied ago:

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Jerry Nixon said: "Some web developer might be a JavaScript expert, and have all the HTML5 tags memorized, and implement content management solutions in their sleep – but if they write my application so that less than 50% of the world’s browsers have an excellent experience, then they suck."

Lets just say that every web developer....*all of them*, wrote their websites to be 100% compatible with IE. Then, there would be no reason to switch to an alternative browser. Internet explorer market share would then increase to 95%+ after a few years.... because, well, it would be the standard to write to....why would anyone want to install anything else!

......and if this happens, then we've just gone back 10 years!..... Emerging technologies such as WebGL, wont stand a chance. It will be a repete of IE6 all over again. As a web developer, I owe it to the world not to allow this to happen. So, my websites are developed in webkit, tested in firefox, and if they work in IE, then fine.....but, im not going to fix them if they dont.

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John Munsch replied ago:

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This is a guy devoted to .NET. He has a vested interest in Microsoft and by extension IE continuing to survive and thrive. The idea that many developers are potentially abandoning his chosen platform is down to make anybody defensive. I would imagine you're hearing the same things over in the RIM camp these days.

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