Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Aug 2014 18:06 UTC
Internet Explorer

Based on your feedback, we pursued a web experience for IE users consistent with what is available on iOS and Android devices - even where this meant we would be adding non-standard web platform features. We believe that this is a more pragmatic approach to running today's less-standardised mobile web.

Thank you, web developers, for turning mobile Safari into the new Internet Explorer. Have you people learned nothing?

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RE: One the positive side
by thegman on Sun 3rd Aug 2014 06:03 UTC in reply to "One the positive side"
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At least Webkit is free software. This means it is available on *every* single platform. With IE and its Trident engine, many people had zero way of accessing certain sites at all.


Depends what you mean by every single platform, if you mean 'hardly any of them', then yes, that's correct. There are hundreds, if not thousands of computer Operating Systems and platforms. WebKit is available for a few of them. Open Source does not make something portable. You've still got have compatibility with the source. WebKit for example is mostly C++, if you don't have a C++ compiler (or one which is new enough), then you don't get a port. Same goes for the hundreds of dependencies WebKit has.

OpenOffice is Open Source, does not mean I can just build it on an Acorn RiscPC and it'll work.

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