Showing exactly just how Microsoft cares about adhering to standards and backward compatibility, the MSN.com website is no longer properly displayed in the Internet Explorer browser for Apple's OS X operating system.
Users who (for whatever reason) might try and visit MSN.com using the Microsoft software will see a poorly rendered page stating:
"Your browser cannot find our style and presentation information and as a result may not display the page properly. You are welcome to use the page as is, or upgrade your browser to its latest version which may address the problem. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the Microsoft Internet Explorer website to install the latest version. If you are using another browser, see the provider's website for more information. If you are using Internet Explorer for Mac, we recommend that you use another browser to have an optimal experience on MSN."
Admittedly Microsoft has mothballed Internet Explorer on the Mac after Apple released the 1.0 version of the Safari browser in June 2003. The Microsoft software has been stuck on version 5.2 and won't move anywhere – other than for any security updates.
Microsoft however is still offering the application for download on its website, claiming that the software is "award-winning" and "makes it easy to view and find information on the internet." They should at least change that into: "find some information on the internet".
The fact that Microsoft pages aren't displayed properly on the Microsoft browser shows a blatant disregard of internet standards. Sure IE5 is two years old. Given that many consumers and enterprises today still use Windows 2000 (which is 5 years old), users have expect that software lasts longer than 2 years. But then we already knew that Microsoft doesn't really care about standards.
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