28 Jun 2003

Cross-platform web design steps back into the dark ages
Internet ExplorerRoz Ho, the general manager of Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit, has confirmed that no future versions of Internet Explorer will be released for the Mac.

Ho says that the decision has been made to make way for Apple’s own Safari browser. ‘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,’ she explained.

Microsoft has also decided to phase out standalone versions of IE for Windows. Microsoft’s Brian Countryman said in a recent interview, ‘As part of the OS (operating system), IE will continue to evolve, but there will be no future standalone installations. IE6 SP1 is the final standalone installation.’

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