Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

Summary: Microsoft has launched a new Web site that is aimed at stepping up its campaign to move users off Internet Explorer (IE) 6.

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Microsoft has launched a new Web site that is aimed at stepping up its campaign to move users off Internet Explorer (IE) 6.

The new site -- the Internet Explorer 6 Countdown -- went live on March 4. The site "is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers," according to the page.

The site includes links to tools for businesses that are stuck with IE 6 because they've developed internal-facing apps that are dependent on Microsoft's 10-year-old, non-standards-compliant browser.Gartner analysts have complained in the past that Microsoft's tools for moving business users off IE 6 are too pricey.

The new IE Countdown site also includes a world map, highlighting which countries around the world still have the most IE 6 installations. (China is No. 1.)

In addition to focusing on the developer side of the "IE 6 must die" message, Microsoft officials also are emphasizing the improved security from which IE users can benefit by switching to IE 8. IE 9 is still in Release Candidate stage and is not mentioned as a comparison point.

Update: Another reason IE 9 is not mentioned -- which I didn't consider earlier -- is that IE 9 won't work with/on Windows XP. I'd wager that a substantial percentage of those stuck with IE 6 are also still using XP, and if those users want to stick with IE, they can only upgrade to IE 8.

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • 5 years old, not 10 years

    IE7 was released in October 2006; until then IE6 was the flagship browser of MS. and hordes of Front Page "developers" were arguing there was nothing wrong developing for the "Standard" that IE6 was supposed to be.
    The IE6 debacle has 2 legs:
    1- Microsoft, creating a stupid browser with many proprietary & non standard hooks
    2- MS developers drinking the kool aid & not realizing the stupidity they were creating.
    Now, after countless hours lost bending the code for IE6, is time to clean up the mess, meaning redoing all that stupid "IE6 only websites". Enjoy it!
    theo_durcan
    • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

      @theo_durcan

      Internal web apps tend to be the problem. Anyone with Internet facing sites who is counting on making money has no choice but to update their code/site for a new world. However, corporate IT tends to move slow and in some cases, like molasses going uphill in the winter. Then there's the plain and simple fact that in some cases the people who wrote the various apps are no longer with the org and existing management doesn't want to invest in having the app rewritten, e.g., "It works already". The way to mitigate such IE6 use is to through VMs so that the only IE6 traffic that user generates is to the internal app, beyond that the person would be on a contemporary browser day to day including their use of external sites.
      betelgeuse68
  • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

    The problem isn't IE6. It's Windows XP. Get people off Windows XP and on to anything else frankly and they will stop using IE6. It's Windows XP keeping IE6 alive.

    That and big business, plenty still haven't deployed IE8.
    bradavon
    • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

      @bradavon

      This.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • You guys are starting to remind me

      @bradavon | Cylon Centurion 0005

      of treadmill mice.
      klumper
    • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

      @bradavon IE8 runs fine on XP! You just have to install it!
      I12BPhil
      • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

        @I12BPhil: As does IE7 but plenty of people simply don't install software if it comes preinstalled and IE6 technically speaking opens the majority of websites fine.
        bradavon
      • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

        @I12BPhil
        archieb@...
    • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

      @bradavon Actually, I'd wager that IE6 has more of an effect keeping XP alive, than XP keeping IE6 alive. XP users can upgrade to newer version of IE. But IE6 users can't use IE6 on newer versions of Windows. (Win7's Virtual XP mode doesn't count here since it's still XP/IE6.)
      PB_z
      • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

        @PB_z: Fair point. Surely everyone has tested their internet/intranet pages with IE7/IE8 by now though?

        Oh wait, they haven't :-|
        bradavon
  • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

    Not just Wxp. I have computers running W2K, doing useful work, that will not run Wxp or Vista or W7. Until MS produces a replacement for IE6 that runs on W2K, I will keep using it for updates (and only for updates) for MS Office, and other MS products. I have no choice.
    HvT
    • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

      @HvT

      W2K is out of its support cycle. I wouldn't count on getting anything at all that's an update to W2K. Not only that, but if they won't even run XP, I'd say it's time to upgrade those suckers. Your hard drives are reaching the end of their useful life on a 11 year old system anyway.
      DeltaRanger509
      • 11 years old? man what are you drinking?

        @DeltaRanger509
        in february 2007 Microsoft was still selling XP as they flagship OS, & keep selling it during 2007, when the Vista debacle was unfolding. They sold XP in netbooks extensively through 2008 (3 years go). Now "our friends" are telling the one running those 3/4 years old systems are suckers...
        theo_durcan
      • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

        @theo_durcan
        he was referring to those on W2K - not XP
        cauleyflower
      • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

        @DeltaRanger509
        it's easy to tell someone to "upgrade" when you're not footing the bill.
        It's an old saying, but still true:
        "put YOUR money where your mouth is"
        CaptOska
    • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

      @HvT ---You're right to point out that for those that 2000 Pro still does all that they need for computing, MS will not allow anything more than IE6. Yet MS campaigns to bury that not secure browser. There are those of us who use 2000 Pro on older, lesser resource machines, doing all that we need an OS to do, who'd be pleased if we could upgrade at least to IE7.
      PreachJohn
      • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

        @PreachJohn - So switch to firefox instead of IE?
        dkerber@...
    • High all: I also am running W2K-pro and i can't run XP or anything else, an

      @HvT
      archieb@...
  • RE: Microsoft: Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer 6

    Public school students from schools that don't have Macs are often stuck with W2K or Wxp and IE6 because the schools cannot afford the technician time to move up a notch, even if they have machines which would support a newer browser.
    orangemike
    • my XPpro has IE8. And Firefox (nt)

      @orangemike

      Paul
      pfyearwood