Microsoft Aims to Reduce Internet Explorer Fragmentation
Microsoft's Internet Explorer team is working to repair the browser's reputation by letting go of its past.Microsoft's Internet Explorer engineering team is aware that the company's browser is a source of frustration among IT professionals and Web developers. So the group is working to mend fences. In a Reddit AMA ("Ask me anything") question-and-answer session, Microsoft's David Catuhe, an IE senior program manager, said that the company has already begun efforts to fix the browser's reputation. "A lot of things are changing. We [announced] the end of support for too-old versions of IE or for out-of-date ActiveX [controls]. This is a first step to reduce fragmentation which is really a pain for Web developers," he stated. Earlier this month, the company announced that on Jan. 12, 2016, it would effectively stop supporting Internet Explorer 8 and below. "Outdated browsers represent a major challenge in keeping the Web ecosystem safer and more secure, as modern Web browsers have better security protection," Roger Capriotti, director of Internet Explorer, said in a statement. Microsoft is also taking cues from customers. "I'm going to a lot of Web events just to gather feedback and really try to improve IE," added Catuhe.
The company also considered rebranding IE as of at least a few weeks ago, revealed Microsoft Program Manager Jonathan Sampson. "It's been suggested internally; I remember a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it," he said.