Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Aug 2009 22:06 UTC
Internet Explorer Let's continue the browser talk for a while. Let's move from the pinnacle of browsing, all the way down to the very drainage pit: Internet Explorer 6. To me, Internet Explorer 6 is that annoying zombie that just won't die that chops off 80 of your health in a grueling midnight Left 4 Dead expert session. Microsoft may not say so outright, but they seem to be implying they agree with me.
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MS never actually promoted IE6, which was pretty much a maintenance release (they basically stopped treating ie like a product after destroying netscape, and didnt start again until FF got a sizable market share)

The problem with big corporations that have small, crappy IT departments is that those small, crappy IT departments don't like to vet new software. Because of that, for a very long time IE6 was pretty much the only browser guaranteed to be available in a corporate setting. What makes the situation worse is while this browser war is about standards compliance, the last one was about proprietary extensions. Nowadays it is pretty trivial to support everyone, and if you don't you are throwing away a significant amount of potential users. Back then it was a royal pain, especially with "enterprisey" applications that are wildly complex with loads of javascript.

There was a large poll a few months ago asking people why they were still on IE6, and the three main reasons were that they weren't allowed, didn't have admin access, or didn't know how to upgrade. At this point, nobody is really using it because they want to, they use it because they have to.

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