Microsoft Responds to Mozilla About IE9

To answer the question “Is Internet Explorer 9 a modern browser“, Mozilla had this to say:

Let me list stuff that IE9 can do others don’t:

  • text-overflow doesn’t work in Firefox 4.
  • Calc is not supported in Chrome 9.

So that’s why I don’t consider IE9 a Modern Browser.

Ok, pretty straightforward. And Microsoft responds with all this…

  • Modern browsers are fast. They take full advantage of the underlying platform to render graphics with the GPU, compile and execute JavaScript across multiple CPU cores and ensure that web applications run as close as possible to the same speed as native applications.
  • Modern browsers enable rich, immersive experiences that could hitherto only be delivered through a plug-in or native application. They can blend video, vector and raster graphics, audio and text seamlessly without sacrificing performance.
  • Modern browsers implement features when they are ready, providing predictable patterns that developers can rely on rather than suddenly breaking or removing specifications. They don’t check off support based on a half-completed implementation written to pass a synthetic test, but validate against a test suite that confirms interoperability.
  • Modern browsers do adopt standards at an early stage of readiness so developers can experiment and validate the specification, but clearly delineate unstable prototypes as such.

Jimminy, what a bunch of big words. “Hitherto”, “providing predictable patterns”, “delineate”, “rich, immersive experiences”? At the very least, this proves Microsoft is not a modern company. I agree with the sentiment that IE9 is better than IE8, but that’s about it. It’ll still be the bane of web developers everywhere.

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