Monday, December 26th, 2005p> We have been at a few clients that asked us for Ajax support on IE for Mac. You have to have a bit of a laugh with that bad boy. Unfortunately, some clients require support for this beast, and although “support” means different things at different places… (e.g. degrades so it is readable, vs. same experience) it was always a pain.
Now that Microsoft will stop supporting the beast in a few days, does it really matter? Will these policies be changed so we can move on? Can we now say “but hey, look. Microsoft support is done, so can’t we stop?”. I guess the main metric is the number of browsers coming into your application, and how inclusive you want to be. Microsoft’s announcement doesn’t directly effect that, unless it gets those old guys to upgrade, and if they haven’t done so by now?
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER FOR MAC USERS
In June 2003, the Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit announced that Internet Explorer for Mac would undergo no further development, and support would cease in 2005. In accordance with published support lifecycle policies, Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer for Mac on December 31st, 2005, and will provide no further security or performance updates.
Additionally, as of January 31st, 2006, Internet Explorer for the Mac will no longer be available for download from Mactopia. It is recommended that Macintosh users migrate to more recent web browsing technologies such as Apple’s Safari.