Microsoft has earned my distrust

Recently Paydirt blogged about how they dont support IE at all. It was an interesting read, and I understand why it makes sense for them. Rey Bango then had a response article about how IE does in fact work fine on their site and they should at least allow the newer versions of IE to use the site.

I am firmly in the Paydirt camp here. IE team: You’ve made your bed – you’ll have to lie in it.

Microsoft has spent the last decade earning the distrust of the entire development community. For the last 5 years we have be hearing “Oh its ok, ieX will fix everything!” Only to be stuck supporting yet another browser that makes our lives harder. Then along comes IE9 and (from what i understand) its not too bad, that is something that I love to hear. I hope that you continue to turn out a good browser and make the experience better for everyone. I will leave you with a short message to the IE team:

Dear IE, pay your dues. You have earned my distrust – you can earn it back, but its a long slow road.

5 thoughts on “Microsoft has earned my distrust

  1. If IE is “banished” from sites though, how can it earn back your trust – surely a better method would be a flash message or similar warning that your browsing experience may be degraded if you use IE …

    1. They can earn back my trust by continuing to product a good product (ie9+ seem ok), these wounds don’t heal overnight.

  2. @Fullerton – I see Husby’s point though – the neg karmic load MS is carrying with me at this point is pretty heavy. Years of “works with everything else, but Explorer” have taken their toll on a lot of people, myself included. I hope MS stays the course. Let’s hope the IE doesn’t become part of Blockbuster/RealPlayer business case history, where those organizations somewhat cleaned up their act, but it didn’t matter – users were too long abused to ever come back, regardless of the changes they’d made.

    Exactly, it’s a long slow road.

  3. I agree with Kevin. While I do not support older versions of IE, I do see that IE has improved in the last few versions and have actually made advances that the other browsers have not, such as hardware accelerated graphics which other browser makers are now starting to support. I know IE6 stood still for far too long, but in a way Firefox/Mozilla was stalled for a long time with limited support for SVG, CSS3, etc as well and Chrome became enough of a threat that they started to more rapidly improve the browser. And their frequent updates and agressive upgrade system has been a big help.

    Now they all compete on the speed of JavaScript, more complete support for HTML5 and CSS3 as well as bug fixing and improved design. I do understand that in corporate environments web applications are built and deployed at one point and then it will be a long time before it is updated either because the company does not buy the new version or there is just no new version. In these cases if the browser keeps changing and possibly breaking this important web application that is a problem. In this special case I see staying with a known version is necessary. It comes down to having the budget in place to keep the software current with the current browsers. That is the budget for the software maker and their customers to purchase each new release. It’s a tough problem and it is a real problem. If there were a way for web applications to be tested with each new version of Chrome, Firefox and other browsers to ensure there are no regressions before the new update is released we may find that corporations would change their ways. I know major JavaScript libraries are tested with browser updates to address breaking changes prior to releases. But I won’t hold my breath for this to be done for every little corporate web application that is out there. My guess is most of these applications do not leverage JavaScript libraries and CSS grids which help to “future proof” their software. I would put the blame on these companies, no Microsoft which has been updating and releasing new and better versions of IE. It is up to corporations and software companies to stay up to date.

  4. As part of my day job, I support a software package from a fairly big worldwide software company, who provide both a Windows LAN client and a ASP.NET based Web Client – the Web version is only certified for use on IE8 or FireFox 3 and the vendor is not taking any bug reports currently regarding issues experienced in IE9 …

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