This afternoon I was reading through a post at the Mashable website where they report that Germany is instructing users in Germany to not use Internet Explorer. This topic comes up so many times and in various forms, but nothing as critical of a particular product such as this.
In my opinion, we’ll never get a solution to this issue. Browser support from mainstream and niche-market will always put IE first of the list. Enterprises are stuck with IE as a supported browser. For all of the security purists out there who retort with a response to use software in the enterprise that does not permit additional browser support, that isn’t an option either.
This loosely reminds me of Java version situations. Enterprises get stuck with applications that require a specific version of Java or “not to exceed” a version. Browser support will be the same when non-IE browsers become the pet project to remove IE in an enterprise environment.
So, we’re stuck with IE to some extent. What do we do about it? We live with it. We present IE 6, 7 or whatever is required as a virtualized application (Citrix XenApp, for example). We train on Firefox or Chrome. I use Opera, but would have an uphill battle making the case on anything except Firefox or Chrome as a standard browser for the masses.