Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Jan 2010 17:03 UTC
Internet Explorer France has echoed calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer to protect security. Certa, a government agency that oversees cyber threats, warned against using all versions of the web browser.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Nelson on Mon 18th Jan 2010 19:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Nelson
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2005-11-29

People running a 10 year old operating system with a 10 year old browser and then having this huge dilemma when they get burned by an exploit.

What other company is expected to maintain updates to programs and operating systems released a decade ago? Mozilla sure as hell hasn't done anything of the sort.

IE8 and IE7 both collectively have more market share than IE6, and are also coincidentally significantly harder to exploit.

This should embarrass Google if anyone, and people need to get with the program.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Delgarde on Mon 18th Jan 2010 19:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

What other company is expected to maintain updates to programs and operating systems released a decade ago? Mozilla sure as hell hasn't done anything of the sort.


A company that reaps what it sows? A company that encouraged developers to target IE6 rather than standards - and then found themselves in the position where large numbers of people couldn't upgrade because their applications didn't work with anything but IE6?

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Nelson on Mon 18th Jan 2010 20:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Every browser has it's own quirks, Mozilla's are just as funky as any of IE's.
IE8 also has a quirks mode for IE5/6 level compatibility.

Microsoft's only crime with IE6 was neglecting it's development for so long after it was released. At the time it was released, IE6 had superb support for standards.

People partake in this revisionist history to use to prop up their idealist view of how the web should be, it does not make it true though.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by nt_jerkface on Mon 18th Jan 2010 20:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

A company that reaps what it sows? A company that encouraged developers to target IE6 rather than standards - and then found themselves in the position where large numbers of people couldn't upgrade because their applications didn't work with anything but IE6?


MS really isn't to blame here, it's more cheap companies that don't want to touch working systems until they die. Companies that have local activex apps can still use an alternative browser when they get on the internet.

I've heard excuses for Google about them having to keep IE6 around for testing. That may be true but that doesn't mean they have to open their mail with it. Geez.

Edited 2010-01-18 20:13 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by boldingd on Tue 19th Jan 2010 19:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

Need I mention that Microsoft committed themselves to long-term support for the platform, or that businesses being able to target IE6 and then just sit on that code for ten years was part of the sales pitch?

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