Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

Summary: Time to kick IE6's butt!

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I've given you your Thanksgiving survival kit, now your mission, should you decided to accept it, is to help eradicate Internet Explorer 6 from US soil.

According to ie6countdown.com IE6 still has a 1.3% usage share in the US. While I'm sure that quite as lot of this is enterprise usage, I'm fairly sure that IE6 is lurking on a lot of home machines ... the sorts of machines that your parents or grandparents might be using.

Check all those XP machines for IE6. If you find it, get rid of it. You won't be able to upgrade the system to IE9 (because it won't install on XP) so you're going to have to look elsewhere. My preference would be Chrome (it auto-updates, so hopefully you won't have to do it next year!), but go with what you think is best.

If you find something really old, like a system running Windows 98 or Windows 2000, then you might want to kill it with fire.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Not only are there old versions of IE still in use out there, but also old versions of Firefox and Opera (Chrome updates itself nicely so there's little need to worry ... although it might be worth checking just to make sure it's working).

Together, we can eradicate IE6!

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  • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

    There's no helping China. As long as China exists, so will IE6 and all the problems it brings. I'm willing to bet Fort Knox that 99.9% of those IE6 users are on pirated copies of XP too. Causing more problems.

    -_-
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

      @Cylon Centurion I agree. 25%+ using IE6 is a real problem.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • Does anyone here know Mandarin?

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
        dderss
    • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

      @Cylon Centurion: Interestingly India is only 5.9% (rampant piracy too, there's no way they're all use Vista/Win7) and check out how high Japan/South Korea are.

      That's even more shocking, both are very much part of the 1st world and technologically advanced too. I suspect nearly 10% of IE use in South Korea is IE6 due to his government's decision a year back to use ActiveX so wildly on government websites.
      bradavon
    • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

      @Cylon Centurion As far as India and China goes, I think the numbers might be inaccurate and less severe than what it actually is.
      xeptf4
  • even in seats of learning!

    I work in a large university and continually come across staff still running IE6 - the first I know about it is when one of our web applications wont work for them! Although windows updates are centrally managed users with admin rights can, and do, turn off most windows updates because "they are annoying" or "will need a restart". We are still on XP so IE9 is not yet an option but IE8 is the supported option.
    I generally counsel against Chrome because it's rapid development model means that our web based learning system, which we only update out of term time, often develops incompatibilities. I have to say generally I do not understand the enthusiasm for chrome - it does start up quicker but that to me seems the only advantage as I find so many things that do not work with it the way I want it to - particularly toolbar helpers - even though roboform at last works with it the toolbar will not locate to the top where I want it to be. I have used Firefox a lot but the latest releases have seemed a bit buggy which has made me return to IE
    cymru999
    • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

      @cymru999: You give end-users admin rights!
      bradavon
      • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

        @bradavon Apparently they also use Toolbars D=

        @cymru999 Chrome is superior. Believe it! Faster startup, faster page load, sandboxed pages, autoupdating, updates flash and java itself, massive plugin support. IE, even IE9, cannot compare.
        Imrhien
  • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

    As far as I'm concerned erradicate IE9 an M$ knows why I don't like it
    g_walby
  • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

    No IE9 on XP is no excuse you can update to IE8 on it. But if you have a MAC you can't go past IE5 so it just won't work(LOL)
    edkollin
  • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

    If IE 8 is not enough for us XP hold outs then look into latest Firefox.
    Scatcatpdx
  • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

    Why should I? I love seeing this thorn stuck in MS's side. People who are ignorant enough to be still using it shouldn't be using computers.
    deathjazz
    • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

      @willyampz

      Ignorant? No, more like non-tech literate or simply think "It works well enough!"

      Really, it's time that Microsoft sent a 'kill' message to Windows XP telling people "Your machine is behind the times.... update, because after X date, we will NOT support Windows XP anymore!"
      Lerianis10
      • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

        @Lerianis10: XP won't be supported from April 2014. It's not being supported as much right now. Just look at how many Windows Update hotfixes it gets nowadays, very little compared to how many it used to get.
        bradavon
      • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

        @Lerianis10 wrote:
        "Really, it's time that Microsoft sent a 'kill' message to Windows XP telling people "Your machine is behind the times.... update, because after X date, we will NOT support Windows XP anymore!"

        Microsoft was selling Windows XP Home on netbooks as recently as 2010. What planet do you live on that you think Microsoft can or should arbitrarily cease supporting Windows XP now?

        If Windows Vista wasn't such a hog, Microsoft would not have had to extend their support for Windows XP Home. Recall that Microsoft announced extended support for Windows XP Home (and Media Edition) in 2007, the year that netbooks running Linux made their splash.

        Also, have you been paying attention to the world economy? Many people have lost their job or are working reduced hours and are struggling just to make ends meet. Nokia-Siemens just announced 17,000 jobs that are to be cut in Finland and Germany. I'm sure that security patch support from Microsoft is greatly appreciated by those still using Windows XP.

        Back on topic, upgrading IE to version 8 makes great sense for consumers still using Windows XP, even if they use an alternate browser. And in the enterprise, knowledgeable Windows admins can lock down both IE6 (if it is still required) and Windows XP Pro with limited accounts and various group policy settings.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
    • Good point, @willyampz

      And it will continue to be supported until 2014.

      And who's fault is that? ;)

      [i]silence...[/i]
      ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

      @willyampz Ignorant implies they don't know any better, or don't have the knowledge or information. Therefore, that's EXACTLY why you should. If you know someone who is still running 6 strictly because they don't know any better (or are "ignorant", i.e. computer illiterate), why would you not help them out. If they did know better, and still chose to stay on IE6, then that's "stupid", not ignorant.
      waterhzrd
  • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

    "While I???m sure that quite as lot of this is enterprise usage, I???m fairly sure that IE6 is lurking on a lot of home machines ??? the sorts of machines that your parents or grandparents might be using."

    They're already upgraded :).

    "You won???t be able to upgrade the system to IE9 (because it won???t install on XP) so you???re going to have to look elsewhere."

    There's still an IE upgrade, though - IE8. While Firefox or Chrome is ideal on XP, sometimes it's easier to convince them to upgrade IE.

    That being said, most of my relatives are on Win7 now. So IE9 is not a problem :).

    It looks like the biggest concern is China :/.
    CobraA1
    • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

      @CobraA1: Plenty of enterprise/business customers still use IE6, many use IE7 too.
      bradavon
  • RE: Your Thanksgiving mission - Help eradicate Internet Explorer 6!

    IE8 STINKS.
    In its wisdom, Microsoft has changed the interface, took away options, made the thing take over half the screen with useless stuff.
    IE9 is better, I have to admit, but no option for XP.
    So, as far as XP is concerned, it's IE6 for applications and Chrome for general browsing.

    So what's the big cry over IE6?
    My users employ it to access ONE SINGLE WEB APP. Period.
    If the applicartion gets broken into by hackers, it does not matter which browser you use to access it. Your info's been compromised already.

    The machines I support running XP/IE6 will keep on doing that until they break apart and can't be fixed any longer.
    P.S. And the apps are doing just fine, thank you. No need to pay for a Win7 version upgrade. When is enough enough?
    radu.m