It seems Internet Explorer's last days may be upon us. Finally, we can be done with the browser that's served as a thorn in every developer's side for years.
Spartan, Microsoft's replacement for IE, promises to be a lighter, more compact web browser. I have a tough time believing that anything Microsoft releases will be “lighter.” And why do we need another browser closer to Chrome and Firefox when we have those two to begin with, anyway?
It seems as if Spartan is just another way for Microsoft to play catch up in a world of more advanced trend setters. As a designer and developer, I have been plagued by IE’s terrible platform since the late 90's. It’s always been a bear to develop for IE. It’s never been about the end user, but about the big brother who wants you to do things his way for no discernible reason.
It’s been years since its heyday, and people have moved on to cleaner, friendlier browsers. Users are now accustomed to downloading a browser rather then using the one that shows up on their PC. In a time when people aren’t afraid of the big bad internet, I ask you to stand up and delete this technological scourge that has been following us for years. Stop the use of IE and stop acknowledging it as a legitimate browser. How can you allow a browser that still doesn’t allow non-Microsoft extensions to be your vehicle for the web?
It’s funny, I started out this article hell-bent on explaining Spartan and what this would do to the market. I quickly shifted gears with the more research I did. Peeling back years of cross-browser frustration fueled by an ancient browser’s arrogance to change. They went as long as five years at one point before making any updates to their browser.
Now… on the brink of some revolutionary browser I ask you… Do you really need IE in your life?