Microsoft Drop Trident from Internet Explorer

IE Trident layout engineWeb developers often complain about the sedate progress of Microsoft’s popular browser and its Trident rendering engine. Internet Explorer 9.0 may offer features available in other browsers, but no release date has been scheduled and it’s widely anticipated to be early 2011.

Many have called for the company to base IE on the Webkit or Gecko rendering engines. Unfortunately, both systems have posed implementation difficulties and have recently been targeted by hackers and spammers. Microsoft has listened to your concerns and issued the following press statement today:

Trident is the most widely-used layout engine on the planet. It has served Microsoft and our users for over a decade. However, we recognize that our biennial release schedule is too slow for the modern Internet age. Therefore, IE9 will be the last version of our browser to use Trident. Internet Explorer 10 will be based on the Lynx layout engine.

Industry commentators have applauded Microsoft’s bold decision. Despite a lack of press coverage, Lynx offers several technical benefits:

  • The rendering engine is the fastest available. Vendors never include Lynx in performance comparison charts because it beats all competitors by a considerable margin.
  • Lynx is the most secure browser ever developed. There are no known instances of malware infections or cross-site scripting (XSS) exploits.
  • Lynx offers the most accessible user experience and can be operated with or without a mouse. This could make it ideal for mobile phones and alternative computing devices.
  • The engine is compact. The size of IE’s installer will be reduced considerably and it will slash distribution costs.
  • Lynx is cross-platform so Microsoft is considering versions of IE10 for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BeOS and OS/2.
  • It is open source and has been in development far longer than any other engine.

According to Microsoft’s development team, Lynx offers a solid foundation for future versions of Internet Explorer but several technical hurdles lay ahead:

Microsoft has an obligation to business customers and a number of IE’s popular innovations are missing from the Lynx engine. We will therefore implement essential functionality such as the blink and marquee tags at the earliest opportunity.

However, it’s not all good news. Microsoft has admitted that IE10 will not be available on Windows XP or Vista: you will require Windows 7 to experience the speed and security of the new browser. Fortunately, the OS is still available at a discounted price from Amazon US…

and Amazon.co.uk:

Will you switch to Internet Explorer 10 once the Lynx engine is implemented? Will you upgrade to Windows 7 to use the browser? Would you consider migrating from Mac OS X, Linux, BeOS or OS/2? Or will you wait for Microsoft to release IE on your system?

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  • AJ

    Early april fools joke?

  • Anonymous

    Nice try, but you are a day early with your Aprils fools joke.

  • Paul

    Did you even need to ask?

  • Ashwan

    It’s not early in Australia. Look at your comment timestamps. :)

  • http://www.lowter.com lotrgamemast

    No they arent. They’re base in Australia remember :P

  • David

    Haha, nice try, but after you named Lynx I had known that this is a joke.

  • Anonymous

    April Fools or not, I still won’t use IE, ever.

  • SometimesRomano

    We will therefore implement essential functionality such as the blink and marquee tags at the earliest opportunity.

    Right here screams joke, I about fell out of my chair when I read this.

  • SometimesRomano

    We will therefore implement essential functionality such as the blink and marquee tags at the earliest opportunity.

    This is where i knew it was an April Fool’s joke. super funny

  • richthegeek

    I was sorta believing it until you mentioned the Blink/Marquee tags.

  • boltronics

    Haha, nice try, but after you named Lynx I had known that this is a joke.

    Of course. If they were serious then Microsoft would have based it on the links rendering engine so they could also support Plan 9.

  • foogoo

    Does this mean Word will do away with the ribbon and implement a VI interface? There would be no more macro security issues, or version incompatibly.

  • Tim

    Woohoo! No more images and flash!

  • http://www.pageaffairs.com/ ralph.m

    I’d prefer an April fool’s joke telling us that MS feels bad for the trouble it’s caused and is discontinuing IE and Outlook. At least we could be happy for a few seconds.

  • Wardrop

    I had no idea of the date, hence I was in disbelief and laughter until I read the comments. Good April fools joke though, although disappointing that the following line didn’t actually come from Microsoft…

    However, we recognize that our biennial release schedule is too slow for the modern Internet age.

  • anonimus

    IE9 in 2011, release a browser that will be outdated by time it comes out to replace the sorely outdated browser(s) that should have been dropped years ago, great move $MS

    expect IE10 in 2013 (sometime after the world ends).

  • WHK

    and source of microsoft press??

  • Anonymous

    hehe good joke, but it sounds too good that at one moment i got the joke as 1st april :D

  • http://codefisher.org/ codefisher

    I have used lynx at times. For a command line application it is really kind of cool.

    Nice way of making a point that they really need to do something about the current state of things.

  • Hermawan Haryanto

    Few years ago, the news of Mac OS X will be running on Intel machines was an April fool job, but you see today?

  • mahen

    dang, i believed it, i even re-tweeted it

  • AndrewCooper

    Awww bugger Craig! When I seen that title I was OMFG WHAT AN AMAZING DAY! And when I read the Lynx engine I though…What? The Lynx engine as in the text browser? You still had me though! As soon as I read the line about the blink / marquee tags I burst out laughing!

    You got me good! But please – Don’t over excite me like that again and then let me down! Hehe.

    Was you up at 4AM this morning doing this?

    Andrew Cooper

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  • Derrick

    This is awesome!