Linked by David Adams on Thu 5th Aug 2010 19:45 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Internet Explorer The British government has rejected a call to dump Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), saying that it is saving taxpayers' money by staying with the nine-year-old browser.
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RE: Doesn't make sense
by Praxis on Thu 5th Aug 2010 20:43 UTC in reply to "Doesn't make sense"
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Unless they are planning to stay with IE6 until the end of the universe, aren't they just postponing the eventual expenditure. At some point they will have to make the migration. Meanwhile, any costs from using a 9 year old browser (malware, productivity reduction etc) are pilling up.

What does make sense is to delay the migration until IE9 is out. If they where going to migrate anyway, why not wait for IE9 since it's just a few onths away?


That doesn't quite make sense either. The main pain of updating isn't the actual upgrade, thats easy enough though it can be time consuming.The real pain is updating all the third party and intranet software that they have built around ie6. That is probably a lot of software that is probably poorly documented and made by people that may no longer work at there. Upgrading all that will take a lot of work, but if they do it right and base it on standards rather than browser quirks they won't be stuck with any single browser like ie6 again.

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