Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

Summary: Browsium has a new version of its 'get off IE6' tool that is no longer based on Microsoft's IE6 browser engine.

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Browsium -- the company formed by a number of former Softies to tackle Internet Explorer (IE) migration challenges -- is back with a new and improved version of their tool.

The new Browsium Ion builds on Browsium's UniBrows product, introduced last year. Unlike UniBrows, which used the original, native IE6 engine, Ion uses the engines Microsoft built into IE8 and IE9 to enable legacy Web apps to run on Windows 7.

Browsium's tools are targeted at business users who are stuck running IE6 on XP because they’ve built internally-facing applications that are dependent on IE 6. Microsoft has been encouraging customers, even those running on XP, to upgrade to IE8 — but not IE9, since Microsoft doesn’t support IE 9 on XP. But the upgrade process can be difficult and costly.

IE6 usage in the U.S. is currently under one percent, according to Net Applications, but is higher in many other countries. At the end of last year, Microsoft announced plans to begin pushing automatically in 2012 the latest version of IE to users via Windows Update, which the company is hoping will further erode IE 6’s marketshare.

Browsium is targeting those users who want to get off IE6 and Windows XP but are hampered by internal dependencies on those products.

With Ion, which doesn't use the older native IE6 rendering, JavaScript, ActiveX and security design, Browsium is eliminating possible licensing uncertainties due to Microsoft prohibitions against running two different versions of IE on a single Windows installation. Ion also allows multiple versions of Java to run side-by-side in Internet Explorer tabs. It also provides granular control of Internet Explorer security settings, allowing administrators to customize settings per web application rather than for the browser as a whole, according to the company's press release.

As of January 30, the Browsium Ion 60-day Evaluation Kit is available for download from the company’s website. Ion pricing varies by the number of PCs in an organization with the base and per-seat licenses sold on a yearly subscription. (The original UniBrows tool cost $5,000 for a base license fee plus $5 per seat.) Ion is available as a free upgrade f or existing UniBrows customers.

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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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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  • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

    Many companies won't allow this because it's considered "unknown". It's the same reason the very bloated and insecure Adobe PDF Reader is always used in place of better (Foxit) equivalents.
    bradavon
    • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

      @bradavon The product is actually implmented by IT -- not the end-user. The rules for the product are generally enabled in Group Policy.
      frankwick
      • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

        @frankwick and you can see how outdated and Ludditeish much of IT is.
        ScorpioBlue
  • I've never understood the big deal about getting off IE6

    Honestly, there weren't that many breaking changes. We did it within a month of IE7 coming out. IE8 and IE9 were far more dramatic changes, in that Microsoft began hewing more closely to W3C specs.

    IE9 in particular acts more like WebKit or Gecko than earlier versions of Trident, so you really have to watch for issues with it (all those quirk workarounds don't work which is ironic, as without them IE9 works just fine!)
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
  • IE6 may not be the issue

    IE6 may be in service for another reason: It's companion, Outlook Express.

    I don't use any version of Internet Explorer for browsing. Firefox and SeaMonkey do that work for me.

    Outlook Express, however, is important to me because it works the way I do, and therefore makes things easier. All my mail is handled using OE running in an XP virtual machine on Win7.

    Someday I'll be forced to give up OE, probably for Thunderbird, but I will do so reluctantly because none of the alternatives I've tried matches the simple functionality of Outlook Express.
    Dogcatcher
    • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

      @Dogcatcher
      I ran into the same problem when Eudora, my favourite email program, ceased. I ended up with Thunderbird and a bunch of plugins. I'm not entirely happy, but I also work in virtually every o/s (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, and a bunch you'll never have heard of) and Thunderbird was the one that worked in all of them. But I do wish it was better.
      mheartwood
  • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

    I have IE9 32 and 64 bit versions ,OPERA,FF,Safari and Chrome .
    Chrome works the best . I do like Operas portal and speed dial
    it hangs occasionally and scrolling could be smoother IE9 is ok
    Chrome is my frequent flyer
    preferred user
  • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

    When I upgraded to ie8, MS locked my homepage on
    msn. and initially using the bing browser. So now I cannot find a version of ie7 without msn locked in as home page. (even if a use the capital letters for msn on here it takes me to a new screen) It is a pain to reset my home page every time I log on. The internet options, change tool is locked out too.
    curmudgen@...
    • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

      @curmudgen@...<br><br>IE8 doesn't lock your homepage. You should be able to change your homepage through the Internet Options dialog and it will keep it, otherwise your installation of the browser might be broken. I don't know your system setup, though...
      sevenacids
  • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

    It was a bad choice of Microsoft that they didn't make IE9 available on XP. Sure, XP is outdated and I wouldn't recommend to use it anymore, but given the fact that it is still pretty much around in enterprise environments, it would have been for the better.

    I don't think it would have been so hard to accomplish: If the hardware accelerated rendering engine depends on newer interfaces like Direct2D/DirectWrite, they could have just stripped it and use legacy rendering technology on XP.
    sevenacids
    • RE: Still stuck on Microsoft's IE 6? There's an updated tool for that

      @sevenacids I see the problem as the other way around. XP is only still around because it is the only OS that runs IE6. Take IE6 out of the equation and many more enterprises move to Win7. I know that's what had held the company I work for back.
      Harry S.