Once there was a time, when we loved our favourite browser – Microsoft IE. It can be directly launched from the desktop along with a straight and simple interface. Every one loved Microsoft along with its simple Internet browser. All these happened at around the late 90’s and early periods of 2000.
From Dominant to Be Side-lined
At the face of no real competition, the 2002 saw IE browser popularity rose to almost 96%. The Microsoft engineering resources laid foundation to all the major innovation in the browser technology including Java applets, Java-scripting and ActiveX controls. All these allowed the web developers to create website with better speed and performance.
With their undisputed monopoly, the Microsoft become clumsy on innovating on IE, which didn’t bring them immediate financial benefit. Instead the funds and talents were diverted to more lucrative OS and device development channels. And the IE browser practically remained static during the period of 2001-2006.
Meanwhile the independent platform Firefox and Google’ Chrome, continually iterated and developed its browser, leading to one of the most efficient browser in the Internet landscape. And the IE lost its advantage to younger and more competitive browser’s who had the eye and mind for the future.
Along with the users, the IE have also drawn the slack of the developers and designers in the last few years.
Why the Developer World hates the IE browser?
IE is redundant :- Rightfully the developers can be termed the most futuristic, next to scientists and explorers. But IE has forced them to spend time to make their plug-ins and applications back-compatible to the various IE browser models. The developers has to separately spend time at the non-standard implementation of HTML/CSS, which inordinately slows down for higher image resolution or flash video’s.
Dwindling User base :- The IE user base has been shrinking since the early 2010’s. They have acquired a much rapid pace in the last couple of years. The developers are in a position, they yet can’t stop developing for IE, but it rarely brings any returns.
Responsive Web Dynamics :- As the rest of the internet is racing towards the responsive web 3.0 standards, the IE is not ready to keep-up with the pace. Most of the responsive elements don’t respond efficiently in IE, leading to awkward white spaces and content alignment issues.
Practically deserted Support Forums :- Almost all the browsers has well-regulated and promptly monitored by developers. At IE forum offers no ears for new demands or ideas, that could potentially improve their own products.
Obviously lesser Developed Product :- Almost all the custom and common-applications work seamlessly with Firefox and chrome. But these requires modifications and hacks with various IE browsers. It includes basic software features such as font rendering, hardware acceleration etc…
The Microsoft’s failure at turning their PC dominance into new success in mobile-era, can be traced back into IE – Lack of proper initiative, era of non-innovation and product that doesn’t meet technology.