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General Discussion

Daniel Botta
Daniel Botta
17,956 Points

Why can't IE just disappear off of the face of the earth?

Why can't IE just disappear off of the face of the earth?

5 Answers

It exists. It is rubbish. Don't use it. And don't give it air-time ... IE thrives on that. It'll disappear more quickly the less we mention it. ;-)

I have heard it's getting replaced in Windows 10 - I don't know.

I think most of Windows will finally get replaced, with any luck!!

I think you're right that there will be a new browser in 10. I don't think it's complete rewrite, but another iterative improvement. Really they're just changing the name to avoid the negative connotation associated with Internet Explorer.

Aaron Coursolle
Aaron Coursolle
18,014 Points

Because many computer users accept computer bundles, as is, with no questions. The real question is, which browser would be the most popular if everyone had to pick one when they first bought a computer?

Daniel Botta
Daniel Botta
17,956 Points

I'll be honest before I learning programming I didn't know the difference from browser to browser because IE had been the norm for so long. After learning to program for the 5-6 months that I have, I have developed an evil hate for IE. I only open it to make sure my code is running on it correctly, and about 90% of the time something is different or not working :/ So, I promise I don't give it any air-times that I don't absolutely have to. That would be great news if they actually did away with it and offered something that worked. I guess only time will tell...

Aaron Coursolle
Aaron Coursolle
18,014 Points

It's not so much a "work" and "not work" problem as it is a disagreement of who should be the authority in setting web standards.

@Coursolle Even Microsoft has backed off from that stance though. IE 10 & 11 are vastly better than previous versions when it comes to standards support. As far as I know Microsoft isn't adding horrible new 'standards' these days.

IE isn't going to go away, but I except that a web developers experience will only get better and better with it.

Daniel Botta
Daniel Botta
17,956 Points

Coursolle, I vote Google lol

Ricky Catron
Ricky Catron
13,023 Points

From our perspective as developers, browser features aside, there are only a few browsers because most browsers use one of half a dozen engines.

Firefox and other Mozilla browsers (IceWeasel, etc) use Gecko. Internet Explorer uses Trident. Spartan uses EdgeHTML Safari , Google Chrome, and Opera use Blink(Based off Webkit).

Source Spartan Source

Looking at those their are only a few "browsers": Gecko, Trident, EdgeHTML, and Blink

Honestly that is a pretty small field and IE is going to slowly start going away now that Spartan is here so Trident will slowly fall off the board. That leaves 3 big players Blink, Gecko, and EdgeHTML, which is also expected to be much closer to standards then IE has been in the past.

Goodluck! --Ricky