Microsoft’s decision to end support for IE on the Mac surprised no-one, and should be little concern to anyone either.
Few people have been using Mac IE for ages now. Since the arrival of Safari (and its automatic placement on the Dock of every new Mac), there’s been very little interest by new users of OS X; and old-timers know enough about browsers to make a more informed choice.
The more interesting news of the day is that the price of BBEdit has been cut in half. Well, in a manner of speaking it has.
If you buy BBEdit straight from the Bare Bones Software online store, you’ll be asked to pay $199. But if you download and register TextWrangler first (price: $0), you can then ‘crossgrade’ to a full copy of BBEdit for just $99. And that’s not a short-term Christmas special offer, it’s a permanent new price structure.
So, just to make clear: no-one ever need pay the full price for BBEdit ever again. As long as you’re prepared to spend five minutes installing TextWrangler first, you’ll make a $100 saving.
Another interesting new thing today, is that the team behind the Near-Time information management applications have created a new online service, Near-Time.net, that replicates much of the same functionality on the web. If you’ve ever used the Near-Time desktop apps (Current and Flow) you’ll instantly see their close resemblance to this new hosted version. Currently beta-tests are by invitation only, but if you’re interested and you ask nicely, the Near-Time guys might well throw an invite your way.
Hands up if you’re going to miss IE.