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.

#6 What a relieve!

by wiredearp

Saturday June 14th, 2003 7:31 AM

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This is a great boost for web development on all platforms. Safari, Camino, Mozilla, upcoming versions of Firebird and Opera, even the newly redesigned Omniweb browser, all support higher order DOM interfaces that that were critically lacking in the Macintosh edition of Internet Explorer. The potential of standard based development is free to be discovered, adopted and exploited on a large scale. But ironically the Internet Explorer platform will benefit the most. The MS proprietary DOM extensions and the Explorer equivalent of XBL will loose the only significant obstacle to halt their advance [namely the Macintosh version of their own product rather than standard based browsers]. And since these are highly competent technologies in their own right - especially when coupled with the MSXML extension that were also missing on the Macintosh platform - the predicted two year stasis of IE development may just have been cancelled by this move. A day to celebrate, even so.