Startup ignored IE, saved $100k in development costs
Online portfolio website 4ormat made hard decision to ignore 70 percent of browser market because of IE's development problems.
Three years ago, the bootstrapping creators of 4ormat.com were developing their site with free time while working as consultants. Relying on the most modern web and browser techniques possible, the founders discovered what was easy in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome would take double or triple the development time in IE.
Hence the difficult choice: ignore IE 7 and IE 8 (IE 6 was never a consideration), and get the product out as soon as possible, or spend hours and money to hack IE. Choice made: 4ormat put links for potential users to download Firefox, Safari, and Chrome on their signup page. In three years, they have never had a customer request IE support.
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The best solution is to use chrome frame. The installation can be made seamless and if your app is worth using then your customers wont mind the extra 60s it takes to install.
XLcommerce on news.ycombinator.com
I'm sorry folks, but after actually working with IE6 for a decade, I think people need to stop whining about supporting IE8. These are good times for frontend development.
misterfancierpants on reddit.com
Yo, Internet Explorer
Of course, creative people who need an online portfolio for their clients and prospects might be expected to skew Mac-ways, making IE less an issue for their customer base.