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RE: [Public WebGL] IE extension tickets

As for updating older versions of IE, we’ve been doing exactly that over the years with IE11 on Win7 through Windows Update. I have a Win7 machine at home.  One day, I discovered IE11 had been installed as part the normal course of doing updates.  I never went to a download page to get it.  


Much of IE’s functionality is closely tied to APIs the operating system directly provides, more so than other browsers.  We rely folks in other parts of windows to provide us with image decoders, video decoders, audio decoders, touch APIs, networking features, text rendering, an animation engine, and all of the rendering bells and whistles needed to do SVG: lines, curves, blending, blurs, convolutions, etc.  The upside is that since they come with the OS, other applications can leverage them the same as the browser does.  If the web can do it, your application can do it natively.  The downside for the browser is there’s a significant cost that comes with supporting 6, 10, 15 year old operating systems. Features have to either be done a different, equivalent manner or not light up at all.  The latter case is especially bad for web developers.


In the recent past, we’ve chosen to support the current Windows version as well as the N-1 version.  IE9 came out during the Win7 timeframe so we supported Win7 and Vista.  IE10 supported Win8 and Win7.  IE11 supported Win8.1, and Win 7.  Edge will be the first time we’ve only supported the latest and greatest operating system.  It’s certainly a gamble and we’re betting Win10 will be popular in the ways previous popular versions of Windows have been.




From: Ben Adams [mailto:thundercat@illyriad.co.uk]
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 3:17 PM
To: Florian Bösch
Cc: Jukka Jylänki; Rafael Cintron; Frank Olivier; public webgl
Subject: Re: [Public WebGL] IE extension tickets


That may also have something to do with some people's fundamental objections to Win8 and its redesign; and their insistence to install Win7 on top of Win8 rather than anything else. Hopefully Windows 10 will go better.


Its a common problem with OS tied browsers; Apple has it with Safari (though they are better at getting people to upgrade); the Andorid browser and IE.


Edge appears to be decoupled from OS updates (post Win10); like Chrome now is on Android (via Store) so hopefully things should be better moving forward.

On 19 June 2015 at 23:02, Florian Bösch <pyalot@gmail.com> wrote:

Point was to illustrate that OS'es are clingy. Win7 has steadfastly failed to buckle by both the introduction of Win8 and Win8.1. Win8 canibalized XP and Win8.1 canibalized XP and Win8, but they didn't make even a dent in Win7.


On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 11:59 PM, Ben Adams <thundercat@illyriad.co.uk> wrote:

Windows Vista was released 8 years ago? Are the Windows XP users likely to be able to run WebGL with any performance or at all? Windows 7 was 6 years ago; which is probably asks the same about Vista users.


On 19 June 2015 at 22:50, Florian Bösch <pyalot@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm sure the free 10 upgrade helps, somewhat. However over 50% of users are still using Win7, 16% are using Win8.1, 10% are using WinXP and 3% are using Vista, and those are absolute numbers for desktops. Relative to windows users it'd be more.


Operating systems tend not to be updated by users very often and tend to be clingy. Before Win7 users just didn't give up WinXP (certainly not for Vista) and it took until 3 years after the introduction of Win7 that XP wasn't the most used windows anymore.


It just seems to me to be overly optimistic to expect OS upgrades (even if free) to solve all browser upgrade woes.