Internet Explorer on the Apple Mac

It has been almost 2 years since Microsoft stopped development of their Mac version of Internet Explorer (check out this news story). Because Microsoft isn’t adding modern browser features to the Mac we have decided that we will not be able to officially support IE on the Mac platform in our future releases of Webmail.
For Windows users, that might sound worse than it really is: Safari, the Apple-made browser, is preferred by the vast majority of Mac users. Firefox is also supported on the Mac and will be supported by future versions of Webmail.
If you’re a customer and have been with us very long you know that we like to innovate and improve our products. Some of our next round of product innovations are based on a web programming approach called AJAX. Lack of AJAX support in IE 5.2 on the Mac is one big reason why we won’t be able to support Mac IE in the future.
AJAX is the technology behind really great sites like Google Maps. I don’t mean great as in “gee whiz, the latest technology”, I mean it as in “gee whiz, this makes the web a lot more usable!” It is absolutely the right next step for improving the interface in our existing webmail and adding the features that our customers ask for.

Kirk Averett is the senior director of product for Cloud Office at Rackspace.


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