Microsoft Cancels Development of Internet Explorer for Mac

Friday June 13th, 2003

CNET is reporting that there will be no new versions of Internet Explorer for the Mac. The Mac OS version of IE has not received a major update since early 2000 when Internet Explorer 5 for Mac was released (rumours of the product's demise began circulating shortly after). The Mac version of IE5 contained a new rendering engine, Tasman, which was hailed by standards advocates at the time of its launch. MSN for Mac OS X, released last month, contains an updated version of Tasman.

The news of Mac IE's demise comes hot on the heels of reports that there may be no more standalone releases of IE for Windows.

#5 Re: Resource issue?

by mlefevre

Saturday June 14th, 2003 7:17 AM

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I think it's just that they just don't have a strategic interest in doing it. What does Microsoft gain at this point from giving away a standards-compliant browser to Mac users?

as they said, "Some of the key customer requests for web browsing on the Mac require close development between the browser and the OS, something to which only Apple has access".

By which I guess they mean (as the "no standalone IE" article indicates) that IE is going to keep moving towards being tightly integrated into the OS (which is apparently a "key customer request"...) and their multimedia stuff and whatever else. They can't control the OS on Macs and lock people into Microsoft stuff, so they're not interested in making browsers for it.