Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Internet Explorer 9 Wish List

According to Neowin's Tom Warren and Cnet News's Ina Fried, Microsoft will have something -- maybe just a little something, but something -- to say about its plans for Internet Explorer 9 at its Professional Developers' Conference in Los Angeles today. The company often briefs tech reporters in advance about major announcements, but it hasn't told me a darn thing about IE9. So I'm just as curious as anyone else to know what the upgrade is going to involve.

And for the next few hours, at least, I'm free to ponder the features that would get me excited about a new browser from Microsoft . . .

It's not like I'm terribly excited for IE9 to come out, because in corporate environments we have to support IE6, IE7, IE8 and IE9. I hope IE6 dies a quick death. However, the author of the post above does cite some items that would make -- at least for me -- IE9 less of bother as technologist (although it gives me no excitement in the end).

However I found one statement from a comment by user "obviocapitao" to be interesting:

The problem for Microsoft is that the world changed, and didn't wait for them.

I can't help but think there is a little bit of truth in that applied to the CFML world due to the introduction of the open source CFML engines. When the world changes, so do all of the rules which means the status quo no longer applies.

I'm all for heads down, get it done and live in your own world. However, every once in a while it's important to look up, break the surface of the water and grab a breath to reorient yourself. Software development of projects used by many and not just yourself is a tricky business of balance. I just think how the world looks to Microsoft and how the world looks to me are completely different.

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