Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Aug 2010 14:11 UTC
Internet Explorer With the release of Internet Explorer's first beta upon is, it's a good time to look back upon the history of Microsoft's web browser. As it turns out, Internet Explorer turns 15 today, with the first version released August 16, 1995. Pretty turbulent history, there.
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by Kroc on Mon 16th Aug 2010 14:34 UTC
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Internet Explorer 4 was good. I'm not old enough to have been there when the browser was just getting on its feet, but I remember Netscape 2, then IE3 and remember the wow of IE4. Microsoft went on overdrive to make certain Netscape was done in. They added frames, scripting, DHTML, CSS--everything. In the end they didn't need to; a combination of bundling IE and Netscape failing to update Netscape 4.7 until Netscape 6 several years later sealed Netscape's doom.

In a way, we have benefited from the IE monopoly in one way. I've learnt web development during a time where it was easier than it is now. There was only one browser to test in, and the browser didn't change for over five years, meaning we all had lots of time to focus on polishing our skills, than keeping up with a constantly moving platform. It must be very hard getting into web design right now because it's an absolutely confusing array of incompleteness.

IE6 did what IE6 did and that's all you had to worry about.

IE9 has shown a demonstratable change in Microsoft's behaviour with IE. They finally seem to be 'getting' the web and working hard at not only implementing the standards, but fighting to nail down the unclear parts of them and ensure that their implementation is the best and fastest. They finally have some pride in their product.

I believe that HTML5 is the next C++. It's messy, clunky, you can shoot yourself in the foot easily with it, but it's the common language by which most apps [will] get written.

Edited 2010-08-16 14:36 UTC

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