Ever wonder why Internet Explorer is still such a big deal among IT workers and developers, despite being the butt of almost every joke about the web?
The Devil Mountain Software group tells ComputerWorld that, among the more than 21,000 workplace PCs monitored by its software, Internet Explorer is used daily on 80 per cent of systems. That's because legacy - or "dinosaur" - applications that rely on Internet Explorer's components are very, very slow to be replaced in big institutions. Quoth the Devil Mountain CTO: "Until enterprises flush out the internal applications that rely on IE, that use unsupported and undocumented layout commands, IE isn't going anywhere. And those dinosaur applications are almost impossible to get rid of."