Microsoft to web developers: "For everything you've done, thank you"

Microsoft has been working hard to boost the profile of its Internet Explorer 10 browser. From its 'browser you love to hate' campaign to talking up the advantages of touch in IE10, the company has extensively focused on transforming perceptions about Internet Explorer, in the hope that more people will adopt it as their browser of choice. 

Those efforts seem to be paying off, albeit slowly; in January of this year, IE market share exceeded 55%, and increased in both February and March. But Microsoft knows that it needs to do more than just wooing consumers back to Internet Explorer if it's to boost its presence and profile on the web.

CEO Steve Ballmer is often remembered for his impassioned - some might say 'deranged' - chanting of "developers, developers, developers" back in 2006, but you'll be forgiven for forgetting another occasion in 2008 when he courted the crowd at MIX08 with a chant of "web developers, web developers, web developers".

The work that Microsoft has done in recent years to improve its web development tools speaks for itself, but the company wants to make sure that its developer community really feels the love. In a video published last month - but which has only just come to our attention via Long Zheng at I Started Something - Microsoft sounds a rather humorous note of appreciation to web developers the world over, giving them the credit that they deserve. 

As Microsoft says to those developers in the video: "For everything you've done, thank you." 

Source: YouTube | via I Started Something

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Done ???

Endured would be a better verb to describe what we went thru with IE6, 7 and to an extend 8.

You are welcome! Now, if you, Microsoft, also give us a correct implementation of text-shadow on your browser, then I'll be even... more happier!

Unfortunately the Windows Phone team is basically creating the new IE 6 with the inability of phones to update to newer OS versions. WP7.x IE is dreadful, WP8 is only slightly less so.

No developer tools unless you run an emulator (which only runs on Win8 - so great running a virtual machine with an emulator guys, just because you can't provide proper developer consoles that need just a browser and a phone) and no feature parity with latest IE. Despite WP8 IE being "IE10" its feature set seems more akin to desktop IE9 - aka somewhat crappy.

What bugs me about new desktop IE is that despite having a pretty good backend (it is fast) there is absolutely nothing that would make me recommend it over FF or Chrome. The UI is still crap.

Besides a few things, IE on WP8 is fine, it is IE10 underneath, run it in desktop mode and you will see the power of a full desktop browser.
It just lacks some of the features/options IMO. Hopefully they will address that, nothing that cant be done through updates.

LaXu said,
Unfortunately the Windows Phone team is basically creating the new IE 6 with the inability of phones to update to newer OS versions. WP7.x IE is dreadful, WP8 is only slightly less so.

No developer tools unless you run an emulator (which only runs on Win8 - so great running a virtual machine with an emulator guys, just because you can't provide proper developer consoles that need just a browser and a phone) and no feature parity with latest IE. Despite WP8 IE being "IE10" its feature set seems more akin to desktop IE9 - aka somewhat crappy.

What bugs me about new desktop IE is that despite having a pretty good backend (it is fast) there is absolutely nothing that would make me recommend it over FF or Chrome. The UI is still crap.

IE10 on WP8 is just fine. IE9 on WP7.X is another story but most new WP customers are moving up to WP8 so I wouldn't worry about the 7.x line much longer personally...

They can say thankyou by releasing IE10 for vista, that way when xp support ends in march 2014 web developers could just support IE10+ if they wanted to knowing that vista-win8.1 users could all have ie10 or possibly newer. P.S release IE11 for win7, we'll be really annoyed if you don't.

You're welcome (?)

However, Microsoft should give special thanks to every developer out there who spent countless hours creating IE6.css and IE7.css files, with dozens of "if IE 6" conditionals.

By the way, for that you are not welcome Microsoft.

pmdci said,
You're welcome (?)

However, Microsoft should give special thanks to every developer out there who spent countless hours creating IE6.css and IE7.css files, with dozens of "if IE 6" conditionals.

By the way, for that you are not welcome Microsoft.


I'm not a Microsoft fanboy.......but I don't think Microsoft should be blamed if people are still using IE6

I've had to work around quirks in early versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, too. Quirks that IE never had, even though IE first came out years earlier when there were no set standards.

Currently as a user, I mostly run into quirks from Chrome/Firefox, because of their push to non-standard junk as WebM, WebGL and such. And way to many webdevelopers supporting this.

FalseAgent said,

I'm not a Microsoft fanboy.......but I don't think Microsoft should be blamed if people are still using IE6

Yes, but I am saying even when IE6 was not a legacy browser.

FalseAgent said,

I'm not a Microsoft fanboy.......but I don't think Microsoft should be blamed if people are still using IE6

Not talking about present day. IE6 CSS was an issue even when it was a recent browser.

I don't understand why MS is giving us the thanks, after all, many developers (including me), we are actively discontinuing several internet explorer (ie6 and ie7) and giving a so-so experience for the rest of internet explorer (mainly ie8 but also for ie9 and ie10).

For web developers, firebug has done a brilliant work since years ago.

I guess you have to start learning HTML5 then, to spend more time developing pages for everyone instead of wasting time crippling user experience for specific browsers.

They're thanking us because we've worked hard to support their old browsers. Now it's their turn to support us with a modern browser (in terms of web standards).

amnesia- said,
They're thanking us because we've worked hard to support their old browsers. Now it's their turn to support us with a modern browser (in terms of web standards).

Yes, exactly.

It's a new Microsoft. Or actually back to the old days of innovation at Microsoft.

In the early days of the web Microsoft did a lot of great innovation, however that totally died after IE6 won the war and became king. We got stuck with it far too long after its expiration date.

Microsoft got lazy and sloppy and totally bogged down in stupid ideas and stupid projects.

But that has changed now when Microsoft existence has come into question with the rise of the new mobile web. That has sharpened the company.

I'm looking forward what they have in offer for the future to repay for all years of frustration.

IE11 developer tools is one example. Webmatrix 3 is another.

Exiting times.

bviktor said,
MS is giving thanks to webdevs, not just *you* and your IE hater fellas. Egocentric world picture gg.

I'm pretty sure that Brony's opinion is the consensus of most web developers with regard to IE6 and 7 (and 8 to an extent). IE is pretty competitive nowadays, but it was far from it between 2003 and 2009. It was only when Firefox (and later, Chrome) started gaining significant market share that Microsoft started pulling themselves together.

Microsoft, if anything, are thankful that web developers have continued to push the web forward, with and without Microsoft's help. From the dark days of the IE6 monopoly, Web developers have continued to push the web and innovate, and because of the innovators, we have developed an 'ecosystem' far beyond what any one company can manage, be it the Microsofts, the Amazons, the Googles and so forth.

Brony said,
explorer (ie6 and ie7) and giving a so-so experience for the rest of internet explorer (mainly ie8 but also for ie9 and ie10).

If you're delivering a so-so experience in IE9 and 10 then consider a different line of work.

Brony said,
I don't understand why MS is giving us the thanks, after all, many developers (including me), we are actively discontinuing several internet explorer (ie6 and ie7) and giving a so-so experience for the rest of internet explorer (mainly ie8 but also for ie9 and ie10).

Then you need to find another job. IE6/7 - whatever - even MS is trying to kill them off but if you can't develop a consistent app for IE9/10 (and soon 11) then you must really suck at what you do...

Looks like they really are taking web development seriously! The new dev tools section in IE11 is absolutely amazing and hasn't seen any real changes since IE8 so well done Microsoft! Your thanks are welcome