If you have ever thought that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will surrender its decade old Internet Explorer in front of popular browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, you could be wrong. Microsoft still has a hope in IE and the company want to fight back. Recently, Microsoft engineers participated in “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) chat on Reddit in a ‘passion’ to make the web awesome for IE users and advancing the platform for IE developers.
Although the users asked questions about the demise of IE 8, one of the Microsoft engineers said that the company will still releases minor updates and bug fixes and confirmed that Internet Explorer 12 is coming soon.
The most popular question raised on Reddit AMA was: “Do you believe the reputation of Internet Explorer is something you can change?” and in response, Microsoft’s employee said:
I hope so. Sincerely. A lot of things are changing. We announce the end of support for too old versions of IE or for out of date ActiveX control. This is a first step to reduce fragmentation which is really a pain for web developers (Which I’m part of :)) – David… And we are changing ourselves also:) I’m going to a lot of web events just to gather feedbacks and really try to improve IE!
It will not be surprising if Microsoft changes the name of its web browser. Ars Technica also reported about the possible name changing process.
According to the report by metrics vendor Net Applications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has a 58 percent ‘user share.’ This is the rough measurement of the global computer users with a specific browser. If this data is true, then this number is almost triple of Google Chrome browser, which has 20 percent of ‘user share.’
In 2005, Internet Explorer had 89 percent of user share, while then-second-placed Mozilla Firefox had only 6 percent of user share, measured by the same Net Applications. Microsoft had the lowest user share in December 2011, where the IE had only 52 percent of ‘user share.’
As the company sees the potential in its web browser, it wants its Windows users to give IE a second chance. Microsoft IE developer Jonathan Sampson argued on the Reddit AMA:
“Often times the decision to not use Internet Explorer is largely based on experiences from a decade ago, and a much different IE. “That being said, we know it’s our job to change the public perception, and to win the hearts of users everywhere. Each [person who] opens IE, and downloads another browser, is another person we’ll be working even harder tomorrow to win back.”
When one of the user asked: “How do you feel about the fact that most people reading this AMA aren’t using your browser?,” Microsoft’s Anton Molleda responded: “Challenged.”
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Regarding the re-branding of Internet Explorer, Microsoft engineer said:
“I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it. Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we can separate ourselves from negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today.”
When asked about the next big thing in web development after HTML5 and CSS3, David Catuhe replied that WebVR could become the next standard as he found it “cool.” He also showcased their website babylonjs.com, which was created using the WebVR platform.
When someone asked to IE Devs “why would someone just jump from other browsers to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, one of the engineers responded that “IE is the best ever browser (especially the touch scrolling) on any touch laptops” and said that many people still see their browser as oldIE and urged the users to take time to test their new version of the browser, leverage the features and see the improvements. And said that this will change their perception towards the browser. “The best way to determine which browser is best for you is to actually give them a run,” said one of the engineers.
So, Microsoft is still considering its Internet Explorer browser as great and want the users, at least Windows users to try it before coming to the conclusion. What do you say – will IE comes out of its negative perceptions?
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