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My boss is still forcing us to support IE11. Recently, we started having even more bugs with one of our vendors on IE. We filed bug reports with the vendor to fix it, and they came back with "no. Why would we fix anything for IE11? Not even Microsoft is fixing anything for IE11." Boss's answer: well, let's make a separate component for IE11. Probably using flash and/or silverlight. We asked about redirecting IE traffic to Edge, he said that's "the nuclear option." So, doing the thing that Microsoft suggests, that involves not much work at all is "the nuclear option"; ignoring industry standards and recommendations, introducing well known security vulnerabilities, losing money, and trying to circumvent the vendor that serves out our major product, however, is totally reasonable. Our IE traffic is less than 3% of our users at this point.

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  • 31
    I have no idea what to say.

    My condolences.
  • 4
    And I complain that we update our frameworks too often at my job...
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  • 29
    Flash and Silverlight? Just how long was your boss in a coma for?
  • 4
    @IntrusionCM

    "What will the end user experience be like?

    Your Windows 10 defaults and personalization, such as your default browser or taskbar pins, will be respected (e.g. if you had Microsoft Edge Legacy pinned to the taskbar, this would be replaced with the new Microsoft Edge)."

    Will Windows still suck?

    Your Windows 10 defaults and personalization, such as your default browser or taskbar pins, will be respected (e.g. if you had Microsoft Edge Legacy pinned to the taskbar, this would be replaced with the new Microsoft Edge).

    What is the meaning of life?

    Your Windows 10 defaults and personalization, such as your default browser or taskbar pins, will be respected (e.g. if you had Microsoft Edge Legacy pinned to the taskbar, this would be replaced with the new Microsoft Edge).
  • 5
    Flash and silverlight, that's not just dumb ... security wise that's just fucking irresponsible.
  • 0
    @electrineer I don't really understand what you mean...

    The link was for @projektaquarius - so hee might have an official MS link.

    Seems like he already is aware of it, but as one never knows, sometimes hell can freeze over and upper management suddenly changes it opinion after getting the link in a mail daily.

    (Of course this has then nothing to do with the email, but rather the collective genius of upper management that found out by themselves how this is a bad idea)
  • 24
    The ultimate fix for all IE bugs:

    var ua = window.navigator.userAgent;
    var isIE = /MSIE|Trident/.test(ua);
    if ( isIE ){
    document.querySelector("body").innerHTML = "<h1>Stop using IE you piece of shit</h1>";
    }
  • 6
    @hack this should be in the official docs 😄
  • 4
    I don't think he will be able to do anything if your whole team refuses and tell him to fuck himself.
  • 1
    IE is life ♥️♥️♥️
  • 2
    Sometime boss that dont know technology need to shut is mouth and get is cofee away
  • 3
    @UnicornPoo apparently still is
  • 1
    Ugh, reminds me of the time I got pulled into a higher up’s office to explain why the login box on a site that used basic authentication (I know, I know) looked so “unsightly” and wanted an explanation as to why we didn’t provide a more professional style. I explained for the hundredth time how that all worked and that they would need to revamp the authentication for the site to resolve this, which would also improve security, etc. They told me I was nuts and hired a consultant who told them the same thing. Go into IT they said...make a great career they said! Ugh, feel your pain.
  • 0
    I thought Silverlight didn't work no more ?

    Or was it, you can't install it in modern browsers..
  • 1
    @theabbie Doesn't work in the real world. The boss can replace you one by one with someone who is prepared to do the work, however stupid it is, and then get rid of you.

    I'd advise the OP to walk of his own accord though. That's insane.
  • 1
    Your boss is fucking idiot, cause Bill Gates himself does not use IE
  • 1
    "Oh, yes, yes. Let's go verryyy far out of our way to support our shittiest users."
  • 2
    I'm reminded of a place where they upgraded the browser based client, without upgrading the browser first..

    I guess no one checked what everyone else but the IT department was running..

    Luckily I was around that day and found a workaround in about 10 minutes, meaning we didn't have to cancel a days production, since it took IT until the next day to fix the problem with a browser update overnight.

    It really is a challenge to fix a PC when you don't work in the IT department and have no admin rights to change anything !

    "Let me fix that PC with a piece of string !"..
  • 3
    Gov project?
    I've had a similar experience on one of those
  • 2
    @shivayl I wish. I left government behind for the commercial world hoping to not have to do this shit any more.
  • 1
    To support what?the what ? I sweat to God if this is my boss my iq will dropped to Patrick Star if he said this to me.
  • 1
    @projektaquarius
    Might your boss be a rat, spy of another company throwing this one under the bus?
  • 1
    @scor I don't think so? Like we're an if not the industry leader in our niche. My big problem is that this company fails to realize that companies with broader appeal can also serve out our niche. And unfortunately, our finance people seem to think that as well and make a lot of moronic decisions.
  • 0
    Deja vu,
    I have seen exactly this rant before 🤔
  • 1
    @mundo03 strong possibility. IE11 is terrible.
  • 0
    Is he in stone-age??
  • 0
    I have worked with companies that have in-group bias relating to IE11.

    They come up with “We need to support it because everyone uses it.” But the reality is nobody else uses it except for all the people in the corporation that are tied to legacy apps for daily use. The web app is being built for people outside the organization, but they prioritize their group because they think that their usage is representative of everyone.

    It is a type of cognitive bias.
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