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Microsoft Dumps Support For Old IE Versions
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cafzali
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cafzali,
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8/12/2014 | 10:14:48 AM
Re: MSFT and IE
@Daniel Honestly, what I think Microsoft needs to do is to get much better at giving users an OS they actually want and stop worrying about competing on the browser front at all. I get that the browser is interconnected into the OS and has been for ages, but Microsoft's real problems right now aren't its position in the browser wars, but rather the fact that it jams changes down the throats of its users with no regard for what they really want. 

The disaster that was Windows 8 is complete proof of this. If a company that wasn't as established had come out with debacles like Vista and Windows 8, they'd be struggling to remain in business, much less struggling to remain relevant. 
Gary_EL
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8/11/2014 | 8:20:23 PM
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The real thing that got me to move off IE was that more viruses and malware seemed to get get past IE than Firefox. Fortunately, Norton caught all of them (so far), but why take more risk than I need to?
danielcawrey
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8/11/2014 | 7:46:53 PM
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Microsoft needs to find better ways to force people to upgrade browsers. Google Chrome just updates itself - a concept that has been used in that browser for ages. Maybe Microsoft should pay attention to things like this. 

Look, I get that Microsoft can't just update enterprise customers – even Chrome has a way to turn autoupdate off for businesses. But there has to be better iterative processes to make this easier for all stakeholders involved. 
cafzali
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cafzali,
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8/11/2014 | 4:30:05 PM
Re: MSFT and IE
@Gary While it's true that no one actively tracks the development cycle of IE anymore, lots of people are still involuntary users -- largely because of restrictive corporate environments that don't support any other browser. 

The combination of "plug in" technologies have become so widespread and reliable with auto-update features means people don't really have to think about browsers anymore at all. But aside from tech enthusiasts, I don't think a lot of people have switched either. 

 
cafzali
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cafzali,
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8/11/2014 | 4:26:31 PM
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The integration issue will slowly start to fade now that enterprises have and/or are moving en masse to Windows 7. But my current consulting engagement has me at a major enterprise that has yet to move everyone to Windows 7 and won't until Q3. 

In addition to SharePoint access, the only time I ever fire up IE anymore on this machine is for VPN access. There's just too much you can't do on old versions of IE now. 
jastroff
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jastroff,
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8/11/2014 | 4:21:05 PM
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you make a good point about browsers integration. It's not a friendly integration, not user friendly anyway. 
Laurianne
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8/11/2014 | 2:55:57 PM
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Gary you're not alone. Most people don't think about browser versions anymore.
cafzali
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cafzali,
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8/11/2014 | 2:50:41 PM
Re: MSFT and IE
@jastroff I believe most tech-savvy users are in the same camp as you. IMO, the only "real" reason IE hangs around is because it's tightly integrated not only with the OS, but with SharePoint, which is commonly used in the enterprise environment. 

Even on my office PC, I use Chrome for daily tasks and would rather never fire up IE. But there are times when I don't have that option and I think that plus the fact that many would rather not have to fool with 2 browsers is the reason IE is still hanging on. 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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8/11/2014 | 1:15:58 PM
Re: MSFT and IE
This article reminded me that I didn't even know what version Internet Explorer I have! How the mighty have fallen.
jastroff
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jastroff,
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8/11/2014 | 11:25:21 AM
MSFT and IE
Interesting policies toward support for IE. MSFT was so late to the browser game, and now the browser is a powerful part of the infrastructure. Having recently compared IE to Chrome, I had to go with Chrome. IE was not a very good product, and seemed to come with too many quirks. The devil I know may be better than the devil I don't, but going back to IE seemed the wrong thing to do. I long for the simple days of Netscape. 


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