SVG Plug-Ins for Internet Explorer
In an effort to counter the lack of support from Microsoft, an SVG plug-in for Internet Explorer was developed and supported by Adobe. However, although the Adobe SVG Viewer is still available for download, Adobe has announced that as of January 1, 2009, it will no longer support this product. So, even this duct tape solution to the problem may not be viable for much longer. In fact, it’s already a far cry from a real solution since most Vista users have problems using the Adobe plug-in now.
Even though there has been a call out to the developmental community requesting a replacement for the Adobe SVG plug-in, the real hope is that Microsoft will build the functionality into its popular browser. As Internet Explorer continues to lose market share to Firefox and other web browsers on the market, one would hope that Microsoft would see the inclusion of native SVG support as a possible way to get some of those users back, or at least try to keep the ones they still have.
As of right now, the only real solution for viewing web sites using SVG is to use a different browser. That may not be a major thing to ask home users to do, since the download and installation of Firefox or Opera is just a click away, but it could be a pretty big deal to large companies that depend on a pre-installed Internet Explorer.