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MacUser.co.uk reports that Microsoft will no longer be developing Internet Explorer for the Mac:

Roz Ho, the general manager of Microsoft's Mac Business Unit, has confirmed that no future versions of Internet Explorer will be released for the Mac.

Speculation of the same emerged after Microsoft's announcement that no more standalone version of Internet Explorer would be released for Windows.
 

Kid Red

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Feel bad for all those IE lovers out there. Nice to see that after IE dominated netscape in part because of M$'s tatics over the years, that Apple can effectively dominate IE in a matter of months.

I would be nervous if Apple wasn't hell bent on every site working with Safari. We all know how incompetent web designers and coders only code for IE windows.
 
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Gymnut

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Good riddance. It was really starting to show its age. C'mon where the hell is the freakin pop-up blockers??
 
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chanoc

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Bye Bye IE!!!

With Safari, OmniWeb, Camino, and Mozilla, who needs IE? I do not use IE anymore, and have deleted it from my system. I monitored it in the Terminal, and it was a 'CPU hog'.:D
 
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jacg

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So where does that leave us?

I still have to use IE for certain sites. Will IE fall behind even further as the Mac OS evolves? Can we assume that Safari will eventually work everywhere and do everything that IE can (except quicker)?
 
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Trimix

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I am still using IE, but just because I am waiting for the new powermac and then I will upgrade EVERYTHING in one swift move YEAH BABY YEAH
Out goes IE in comes SAFARI - I have read so much about it anyway.
I will not miss IE, it is the only thing that from time to time crashes on my i-mac.
Foxtrott Oscar Micro$oft.
 
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psxndc

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this is not entirely good

While I too loathe IE and scold my fiancee when she uses it (for everything), from someone that works at a web development company, this is an issue. "IE for the Mac" has some weight behind it when we try to design pages. We don't code to it, we just make sure the sites we develop work in it. 90% of the people here aren't macheads so if I turn around tomorrow and say "you need to test on Safari and Camino now", people will just look at me like I have three heads. I wonder where this will lead in terms of site testing/browser consideration...

-P
 
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edesignuk

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Re: So where does that leave us?

Originally posted by jacg
I still have to use IE for certain sites. Will IE fall behind even further as the Mac OS evolves? Can we assume that Safari will eventually work everywhere and do everything that IE can (except quicker)?
What sites? What other browsers have you tried? Safari is not the only alternative.
 
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kingslod

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Competition in the marketplace is a good thing, though. I hope Apple doesn't sit on its laurels knowing it's the only real game in town. Apologies to all the little browsers out there....

I'm also thinking that this will continue/enhance the "divide" between Mac and PC users. I can here them now, "and the mac doesn't even have Internet Explorer." :mad:

Oh, well.
 
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RHutch

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Re: this is not entirely good

Originally posted by psxndc
While I too loathe IE and scold my fiancee when she uses it (for everything), from someone that works at a web development company, this is an issue. "IE for the Mac" has some weight behind it when we try to design pages. We don't code to it, we just make sure the sites we develop work in it. 90% of the people here aren't macheads so if I turn around tomorrow and say "you need to test on Safari and Camino now", people will just look at me like I have three heads. I wonder where this will lead in terms of site testing/browser consideration...

-P

Web designing is not my job, but when I read basic books on building web pages, they all said to test with different browsers to make sure that things would look correct as often as possible. I thought that professionals should test with different browsers too. This says so much about M$'s control in this area.
 
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Freg3000

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I thought that IE 6 was already far in development......

Oh well, I really don't care-it's Safari 100% for me!
 
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pbrennen

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Re: this is not entirely good

Originally posted by psxndc
90% of the people here aren't macheads so if I turn around tomorrow and say "you need to test on Safari and Camino now", people will just look at me like I have three heads. I wonder where this will lead in terms of site testing/browser consideration...

-P

This will be great. Forced support of browsers superior to IE or loss of the Mac community are the choices here. I think sites will opt not to lose users on Macs.
 
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bretm

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Ironic, but even attachments in hotmail don't seem to want to work.

CreativeCow.net has it's issues.

My banking doesn't work in safari either.

Fix those three and I'll be happy. But without a bigger market share, it's going to be hard to get places like banking to give a dang about whether their system works on the few macs out there.

it'll be up to apple to code safari to work correctly with all the IE idiosyncrasies sadly. Even more so when an update to the os makes IE not work at all.
 
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edesignuk

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Re: Re: this is not entirely good

Originally posted by pbrennen
This will be great. Forced support of browsers superior to IE or loss of the Mac community are the choices here. I think sites will opt not to lose users on Macs.
I don't. Remember (apparently) 95% of the world comps run a version of Windows, and so have IE. I hardly think any web developers with sites built and optimized for IE (you can do some cool stuff in it) will worry about loosing a 5% audience.
 
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