Web developers working in business, it seems, are tired of dealing with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11, according to the results of a survey conducted by Firefox maker Mozilla.
Developers around the world have found having to support IE11 to be the most frustrating aspect of their job, on top of 27 other complaints ranging from outdated software libraries to complying with data management laws and regulations.
Microsoft will eventually phase out IE11 as its Edge browser transitions to Chromium technology, but in the meantime, IE11 is the bane of many web developers’ lives, according to Mozilla’s international survey of 76,188 web developers.
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Web developers in Brazil, China, France, India, Japan, Russia, and the United States unanimously rated support for IE11 as the most frustrating part of their job.
Mozilla found that IE11 “continues to be a great source of frustration for developers due to its overrepresentation in enterprises, legacy business applications, and some industries.”
Disturbingly, even Microsoft cannot control the extent to which IE11 is used, but the company has implored companies to stop using IE as their default browser and now considers it a “compatibility fix” of enterprise rather than a modern web standards-based browser like Chrome.
“The prevalence of users accessing the web through IE is beyond the control of both web developers and Microsoft. In some cases, it is the management of a company that dictates which browsers should be supported, ignoring data that suggests users are accessing a site through browsers other than those mandated, ”Mozilla wrote.
The developers have reported that the need to support IE11 is “tragic” and a “curse”.
“I don’t know why people still use IE. I think [browser compatibility] very frustrating, especially as a front-end designer. IE is such a curse my god, why do people use it? “Wrote one web developer.
“Browser compatibility, overall, shouldn’t be an issue and for us in particular it’s a nightmare … we have so many people accessing our app from their desktops which means they’re running IE11. Which is something I don’t do ‘I don’t care, except I needed to code to keep it my job. It’s just mind-blowing frustration … this’ is tragic, ”wrote another.
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But IE11 wasn’t the only devil in the works for developers when it comes to compatibility testing either, with plenty of reporting issues with Chrome and Safari as well. The end result is that users may not be able to access web applications, which ultimately has implications for business productivity.
Mozilla also offered a different look at browser market share versus consumer use, which typically shows Google Chrome reigns a mile long.
Instead, Mozilla’s survey examines the browsers supported by developers. Chrome is still the leading browser, with 97.5% of developers supporting it, but followed by Firefox, supported by 88.6% of developers, followed by Safari with 59.6% support.