Thursday, December 15, 2011

Collateral damage of the browser wars

Is it just me, or is starting to become a real pain to use web applications? I mean they are great, and I love the idea of 100% web, but it seems like I need 3 or 4 browsers to be able to use all of my apps.

Some work fine in IE but not chrome, others only work is firefox. Then some only work in chrome. So if I want to use Okta to get into ADP, i need to use IE. But if I want to get my email, chrome works better.

What would be cool, I mean besides all applications working in all browsers, would be a way to track which sites get opened with which browser and automatically start the right one when I click on the URL. Microsoft sort of does this with their application virtualization stuff. At least in the demo it knew to open site A in IE6 and site b in IE9.

It just seems way to confusing to me. I can only imagine what our users must think when we have to say things like "Open your email with google chrome, unless it's encrypted then use Firefox, but if you follow a link to sharepoint you need to use internet explorer"

I'm hoping, though not very optimistic that HTML5 will fix this. Anyone find any cool tools that make this better? If so I'd love to hear about them.