I just read today that Microsoft has thrown in the towel on Internet Explorer. According to USA Today article, “Microsoft sends Internet Explorer to tech’s scrapheap,”
The much maligned browser that battled Netscape to guide people around the World Wide Web was consigned to history this week by Microsoft, joining Palm Pilots, flip phones and Myspace as relics of a distant digital age.
According to the article, the new Microsoft browser will run on phones, tablets and personal computers and will be specifically made for the “new era of mobile devices.” The new browser will be launched with Windows 10.
What will hospital IT departments around the US do? I admit I am saying that with a bit of a smile. Hospital IT departments are notorious for clinging on to old versions of IE and reluctant to install other browsers. My guess is that in the short term Hospital IT departments will do little if nothing. I am just speculating, but since the new browser will come with Windows 10, I don’t it will be compatible with older Windows OS. So, the key item to look for is when Microsoft will stop supporting IE. That will be when the IE/hospital doomsday clock will really start ticking. As with Windows XP, there will be some hospital IT departments that will wait until the last minute to either upgrade to the new Microsoft browser or load Chrome or Firefox.
Perhaps librarians will be able to use this bit of information to hasten their IT departments departure from IE 6,7,8, etc. and just bite the bullet and go with Chrome or Firefox.
Spartan (the new browser but that won’t be it’s name, they don’t have one yet) and IE 11 will coexist on Windows 10. Microsoft is leaving IE 11 in specifically for legacy applications.
A little birdie who is directly impacted by the IE change for the products that his company works on gave me this update.