Microsoft: We Have No Current Plans to Port IE Over to Android or iOS

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philipa25

Anyone remember the days of good web browsers?

Chrome has the horrible unusable interface that has no ability to be customized into something that isn't crap.

Firefox is trying to hard to be chrome and now trying to force a bad interface that can't be customized and obviously don't seem to care about stability anymore.

IE is well, IE

Hopefully it's just a phase and things pick up again at some point.

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koenshaku

Chrome is a Trojan and firefox is slow fox. I used to used Firefox before IE9 now days I think IE with windows defender is the most secure browser to use. I will revisit firefox for some of their add-ins from time to time, but primary use is with IE.

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cc3d

there are already browsers for both platforms that hang up and run slow. Don't need another one. Maybe they could drop it from Windows machines too?

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Volleynova

Who gives a you know what!

Internet Explorer stays on Windows Desktops, Laptops, and their Phones. There is absolutely ZERO reason to have Internet Explorer on Apple iOS or Android.

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maxeeemum

Who cares!

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Baer

I actually have returned to IE. I did not like how Chrome slowed down a number of functions (not opening web pages but boot Etc). I also do not trust it for privacy and the add ins it seems to download without warning and the stuff it adds in and runs in the background.
I am finding that I am much happier with the new version of I E than I was with the version of a few years ago.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I gave up on the browser back in the early 2000's when Firefox offered an alternative to the weekly hijacking I saw with IE and its ActiveX controls. Let web pages install anything they want without warning? Seriously, who thought that was a good idea? I could not count on both hands how many times I had to reformat a hard drive and reinstall Windows because of the way Internet Explorer allowed unscrupulous web developers and hackers have their way with the Internet.

I wonder how many others can remember those dark days?

The only thing I use IE for now is for Windows Update. Even if all the ActiveX nonsense is a thing of the past, I have no faith in the product's future.

No one in his right mind would bother with it on these other platforms. In fact, the only reason anyone uses it is likely because it comes with Windows.

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USraging

Noooo, But I rely on the page load times to make my 3 meals a day. Now i will starve to death...

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

ActiveX.

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AFDozerman

IE: the world's best browser for downloading other browsers!

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donut

*claps*

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Ghost XFX

We need a thumbs up feature here...

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BrainFlush

I heard this before but damn if it never keeps being funny.

On a serious note, who in the hell still uses IE? People I swear.

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pastorbob

people with no tech skills whatsoever or who only use their computers to check email and get on Facebook. I actually know several people where I live who don't even own a PC or tablet and their mobile phone is an old flip-phone that can't send or receive texts. But if they did buy a PC they would use IE.

Welcome to Mayberry RFD! :-)

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AFDozerman

Heh, I work with a 27-year-old and a 22-year-old who both own flip phones. It was actually kind of weird the first time I saw it; felt like I had gone back in time. The 22 year old's phone can't send pictures, but it can text and take 2MP pictures.

I guess some people just don't like technology.

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vrmlbasic

Too cheap to upgrade; still on the family plan?

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Damnlogin

I wish they never put it on WP8 either. I would pay good money to use FF or Chrome on Windows Phone. I'll have to make do with UC Browser for now.

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hornfire3

IE source code is all f***ed up. of course they're not going to port it anyways. go Firefox!

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vrmlbasic

Isn't Safari a top downloaded app on Google Play?

I have extreme doubts that IE would be it but the Android world needs a good mobile browser.

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Arthur Dent

Safari isn't even on Android, whoever told you that was lying. The two most popular browsers on Google Play are Google Chrome and Firefox, exactly the way they are on PC (I use Chrome and Firefox, chrome for standard web browsing and Firefox when I need an extension).

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pastorbob

I use Dolphin on my tablets and phone. I have found Chrome rather sluggish on them, but I do use it on my desktop and laptop and really like it.

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vrmlbasic

I'm not really a fan of FF on Android. The UI sucks and it has issues on some of my devices. I can't bring myself to use Chrome. I disabled that app.

I see that Safari is a top downloaded app on the Play store, though it is someone's knock-off version of Apple's app lol.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=safari.safaribrowser.internetexplorer

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Neufeldt2002

It's not, top downloaded app is the name of the developer, it only has 100,000 - 500,000 downloads.

It would appear that Firefox is the top browser, for the communications category it's in 11th. Current snap shot. However all time is Chrome with 500,000,000 to 1,000,000,000 installs

https://play.google.com/store/apps/category/COMMUNICATION/collection/topselling_free

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.chrome

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vrmlbasic

Chrome install numbers are a bit bogus as Google forces it on us, like G+ sub #s. It is on my devices but I didn't install it.

...that there's a fake safari browser on Google Play with so many downloads, with such a dev name is rather ridiculous. What's worse is that Google keeps showing it to me as a recommended app in the Play store. :(

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Arthur Dent

I'm pretty sure that app has fake downloads, the dev must be using a bot or something.

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Mikey109105

No IE port to Android or iOS? GOOD! Can't stand that browser anyway!

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donut

Said by every person like, ever.

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dbqfan

Could care less about IE. I want nothing to do with MS or a Windows phone. I will stick to an Android phone. Do not want Apple or MS controlling my life.

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The Mac

but google is ok?

lol

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Renegade Knight

Clearly they are not committed to being a software company. They won't let you upgrade IE on older versions of windows (Unlike Opera, Firefox, Chrome etc) and they don't let you run on multiple platforms. They are missing out on the opportunity presented by being able to have all your plug ins (Not that IE is plug in friendly) and bookmarks auto sync. They are missing part of the point of "The Cloud" or at least the parts people will actually use.

Notice I did not say IE was a good browser....

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Renegade Knight

double post.