Every day we post something to the IE team blog about standards is a fun day.
“wondering” wrote: “your company is still evil, greedy, selfish and just capitalistic, with no sense of fairness, justice and humanness at all. … but for the people that work at microsoft: you guys are the company, and you ppl could do much more good for your own sake and the sake of your company and this planet as whole. “
By doing what? By making the browser that 85% of your customers use better and more standard compliant? Oh wait, that’s what I’m doing. Sometimes, I really wish I could just time warp the entire world back to 1997, and leave them to it.
So let’s get to the point. Why are so many people fired up against IE? Well, a bunch of them are simply Microsoft haters. I’ve never understood the perverse mentality that goes and hangs out on a product group just to complain, but there you go. Not all of them are, though.
The SANE reason to be frustrated with Microsoft is because we haven’t updated the rendering engine after IE6 shipped in 2001 (though we were the best, most standards-compliant system around on Windows at the time, and had the Mac sewn up with Mac IE). That’s a long time. Hey, at this point all I can say is mea culpa -and move on. I understand and empathize with your frustration. The IE team is running as hard as we can to make it better for everyone now. IE isn’t going to go away as a platform that web designers have to contend with, so help us make it great for you. (Remembering, of course, that there are limits to how far we can bend time, space, and our team.) Give us feedback that helps us prioritize, and help remove content roadblocks that prevent us from getting better. And hey, if you’re a good developer, tester or program manager, drop me a resume (cwilso at (where else?) microsoft.com). We’re hiring.