What about apps dependant on IE?
So, if somehow IE starts losing its market share and even worse is not updated for sometime, what would happen to the applications dependant on IE?
When was the last time IE has been updated, aside from a few security fixes? When 6 was released, something like two years ago or more?
Something really revoluationary would have to come along to knock IE off its thrown. People don't write IE-dependent apps because IE is so awesome -- they do it because it's ubiquitous. You can pretty much count on most Windows users to have at least IE 5.x...if someday that is longer the case, developers will find something else to provide those services, even though it may be less convenient.
*If* IE were to lose its market share, it doesn't mean that MSHTML is suddenly going to go away. It ships with Windows. That was a big part of that whole "is the browser integrated into the OS?" furore.
John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
When my browser got hijacked, I totally trashed IE's registry settings to try and kill the hijack. (none of the adware programs were succesful). In doing so, IE itself worked just fine, but nothing that imbedded IE could do it. And then I found I could barely manage my computer anymore because all of the MS Management consoles embed IE! Left me rather pissed that really removing IE still isn't an option.
If you're creating apps that are dependant upon IE outside of a controlled internal-corporate environment, you deserve what you get when IE starts to finally fall in numbers.
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