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3/24/2015
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Doug Henschen
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Internet Explorer Dependent? Time To Move On

Microsoft's move to Project Spartan should be your cue to retire aging enterprise apps that rely on Internet Explorer plug-ins or Active X controls.

Microsoft is promising continued support for legacy versions of Internet Explorer, but how long can you maintain aging browser-dependent apps?

Microsoft is promising continued support for legacy versions of Internet Explorer, but how long can you maintain aging browser-dependent apps?

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TerryB
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3/25/2015 | 1:51:13 PM
Re: Do you have an IE-dependent commercial or custom app?
I wonder/worry about Sharepoint. I'm currently working towards getting from WSS 3.0 to SP 2013 Foundation services, mainly just to get it to work for people without IE and even in IE without Quirks mode. I'm going to be extremely irritated if I need another quick upgrade after SP 2013 to work well with this new browser. Sharepoint is not something you want to be upgrading each time they release new version. Honestly, I have yet to find any business value in SP 2013 over WSS 3.0 the way we use Sharepoint here. I'm only doing for the technical reason of cleaner client side browser code and getting off of Win Server 2003 to Win Server 2012. I then hope to run SP 2013 for at least the 8 years I've gotten from WSS 3.0. But this browser change makes me nervous about that.

Another issue is SaaS apps. You'd think vendor would keep that up to date. But we have HR SaaS app which broke with IE10-11, have to force it to Compat mode or stuff doesn't even render correctly. You don't just jump SaaS vendors at a whim when they are used globally. :-(
SaneIT
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3/25/2015 | 8:11:04 AM
Re: Do you have an IE-dependent commercial or custom app?
Currently I do have one app that is locked in to IE, we're moving away from it at this point but I really should have happened much sooner.  The developer warned us out of the gate that at that time it only worked with IE but they would be re-writing the front end.  That never happened and it has been a point of frustration for years.  The problem occurs when it's as painful to replace that front end or the entire app as it is to require IE to access it.  There is definitely a no man's land where either way is equally disruptive and you have to get to a point where continuing on tips the scales toward moving away from the IE only solution.
D. Henschen
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3/24/2015 | 9:19:20 PM
Re: Do you have an IE-dependent commercial or custom app?
Well, it's still far from game over for that app, but it's clearly time to start thinging about rebuilding or replacing. Better yet, don't just pave the cow path. Maybe there's an opportunity for a mobile app or an innovative new approach that will redefine how you handle that functionality.
progman2000
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3/24/2015 | 8:43:07 PM
Re: Do you have an IE-dependent commercial or custom app?
The challenge we have had is finding a way with a browser to access local resources (to do things like scan, or even get information about the user and/or domain the user is logged into).  The only way we have seen to do this was to use ActiveX controls.  It stinks because no one wants to be married to IE.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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3/24/2015 | 8:40:22 PM
Re: Do you have an IE-dependent commercial or custom app?
Well, it's still far from game over for that app, but it's clearly time to start thinging about rebuilding or replacing that app. Better yet, don't just pave the cow path. Maybe there's an opportunity for a mobile app or an innovative new approach that will redefine how you handle that functionality.
progman2000
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progman2000,
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3/24/2015 | 8:16:49 PM
Re: Do you have an IE-dependent commercial or custom app?
Yep, we have an app that is heavily leveraged with ActiveX controls.  We have been unable to find a suitable replacement that can access local resources without using ActiveX controls.  Knew this day was coming though...
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3/24/2015 | 6:54:00 PM
Re: Do you have an IE-dependent commercial or custom app?
I need to check, but I fear that at least one of our mission-critical, but legacy, applications may be affected. If that is the case,it will force our hand on some strategic replacement decisions.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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3/24/2015 | 1:37:05 PM
Do you have an IE-dependent commercial or custom app?
Do you have a commercial or custom app that's preventing you from upgrading browsers? Tell us what it is and why you'd rather not redevelop it to run on modern browsers. What are you doing, meanwhile, to support more modern apps? Dueling browsers or another approach?
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