When we consider the modern Internet Explorer browser, it provides a wide range of site-checking utilities, tools, and instructions for developers to ensure that their website works with mobile and desktop browsers, both new and old. In the line, the software giant is offering a free set of resources for website developers to help them design and develop websites that work with any web browser.
Until now, Microsoft have been struggling to convince users to stop using older versions of Internet Explorer web browser, while prime rivals such as Firefox and Chrome have a mechanism to update users to the newest versions automatically. The new tools provided by Microsoft include a site scanner, which frisks websites for probable issues such as plug-ins that are incompatible with prior versions of the browser, or potential problems that might prevent a website from rendering properly in Internet Explorer.
The world’s largest software maker has also collaborated with the BrowserStack website, which offers site developers the ability to see how their websites look and perform on any operating system, browser, or screen resolution. Website developers who visit BrowserStack through the latest IE version will gain three months of access entirely free. In addition, Microsoft has developed plugins for Firefox and Chrome developers as well, who wish to access BrowserStack through other browsers.
Microsoft help for web developers include 20 tips for website developers regarding cross-browser compatibility, written by Dave Methvin, President of the jQuery foundation, and Microsoft’s very own technical evangelist Rey Bango.
When we analyze this move of the software company, it is hard to understand the meaning of the inherent contradiction of Microsoft Corporation offering such a website. It is difficult to say whether it was intentional, because with this Microsoft help on how to code for old browsers, it is actually making things much better for people using old and outdated versions of Internet Explorer. Now, these users are those, with whom the software maker has been fighting a long-running battle to convince them to upgrade to newer browser versions.
According to Moulster, the advice actually focuses on the techniques that provide developers the ability to make their website compatible with older browsers, without actually having to rewrite the coding for each browser. They further mentioned that the developers should build websites for IE version 9 and 10, and not to spend all their time hacking old websites. As for now, let us see how Microsoft’s plans work out for that.