Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Aug 2009 22:06 UTC
Internet Explorer Let's continue the browser talk for a while. Let's move from the pinnacle of browsing, all the way down to the very drainage pit: Internet Explorer 6. To me, Internet Explorer 6 is that annoying zombie that just won't die that chops off 80 of your health in a grueling midnight Left 4 Dead expert session. Microsoft may not say so outright, but they seem to be implying they agree with me.
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Ahead of its time?
by malxau on Thu 13th Aug 2009 22:53 UTC
malxau
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Am I the only one that finds the constant IE6-bashing on the Internet a little old? I mean, sure, an 8 year old browser is old. But when it was released, it was well ahead of its competition: consider that in Aug 2001, competing browsers were Netscape 6.1, Netscape 4.79, and Mozilla 0.9.2.1. This effect is even more pronounced going back to IE 5.0.

The fact that IE6 is in widespread usage reflects that, developer frustrations aside, for many users, it was/is a very good browser. Developing for Netscape 4.79 would be infinitely harder; it is not done today because IE6 is, well, better, so it survived much longer.

I'd even question whether the AJAX-based web we have today would have been possible if Microsoft had settled on "matching" Netscape 4.x rather than comprehensively raising the bar on it.

For me, IE6 will stay for a while, because it's the last version of IE that runs on NT 4, 98, and Windows 2000. For some users, upgrading to IE7/8 is not an option.

Also note that the oldest browser MS supports is IE 5.01 (the release that shipped with Windows 2000, which is still supported.)

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