Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 30th Jan 2010 06:58 UTC, submitted by chrisfriberg
Google BBC News reports: Google has begun to phase out support for Internet Explorer 6, the browser identified as the weak link in a "sophisticated and targeted" cyber attack on the search engine. The firm said from 1 March some of its services, such as Google Docs, would not work "properly" with the browser. It recommended individuals and firms upgrade "as soon as possible".
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IE6 Users
by ramasubbu_sk on Sat 30th Jan 2010 07:24 UTC
ramasubbu_sk
Member since:
2007-04-05

According to my knowledge there are three set of IE 6 users
(1) Enterprise users who doesn't have money to upgrade their existing softwares
(2) Home users, who doesn't know to use Windows Update to keep their computers upto date.
(3) Pirated Windows XP users for whom the latest IE or windows update are not available.

For all of the above three users it is very hard to move them to latest.
Now that Windows 7 is going sucessful in the market, this would encourage them to move to latest windows OS where they get latest IE 8.
Educating users is very difficult.

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RE: IE6 Users
by 362434 on Sat 30th Jan 2010 07:42 in reply to "IE6 Users"
362434 Member since:
2007-04-13

For people who borrow Windows isn't it simply just installing Firefox 3.6. You don't have to use IE6 or any IE. Or just use a secure OS like Linux.

However, in some companies they force everybody to use IE6... kind of silly. Or

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v RE[2]: IE6 Users
by ramasubbu_sk on Sat 30th Jan 2010 08:13 in reply to "RE: IE6 Users"
RE[2]: IE6 Users
by strcpy on Sat 30th Jan 2010 08:57 in reply to "RE: IE6 Users"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Or just use a secure OS like Linux.


This is tiresome.

Has it ever occured to you that people don't want to use Linux?

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RE[2]: IE6 Users
by Elv13 on Sat 30th Jan 2010 21:01 in reply to "RE: IE6 Users"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

You have no idea how expensive porting private intranet to firefox can be!

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RE: IE6 Users
by DrillSgt on Sat 30th Jan 2010 07:44 in reply to "IE6 Users"
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

According to my knowledge there are three set of IE 6 users
(1) Enterprise users who doesn't have money to upgrade their existing softwares
(2) Home users, who doesn't know to use Windows Update to keep their computers upto date.
(3) Pirated Windows XP users for whom the latest IE or windows update are not available.


For category number 2, is not necessarily that they don't know how to use windows update. Ever try running that through dial-up? I would refuse to run it to. A good chunk of the US does not have broadband available yet, and stuck on dial-up, so is expected.

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RE[2]: IE6 Users
by chrish on Mon 1st Feb 2010 13:45 in reply to "RE: IE6 Users"
chrish Member since:
2005-07-14

Seconded; Windows Update over dial-up is absolutely horrid. When I visit my in-laws I have to get them to stay off the phone for at least a day while Windows Update chatters back and forth.

A 200MB (or whatever) patch isn't bad on broadband, but on dial-up it's absolutely ridiculous.

Insert rant about telecomms companies taking government $$$ to expand broadband networks and then not bothering to actually do the work...

- chrish

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RE: IE6 Users
by Laurence on Sat 30th Jan 2010 13:56 in reply to "IE6 Users"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

According to my knowledge there are three set of IE 6 users
(1) Enterprise users who doesn't have money to upgrade their existing softwares
(2) Home users, who doesn't know to use Windows Update to keep their computers upto date.
(3) Pirated Windows XP users for whom the latest IE or windows update are not available.

IE is free so the enterprise user's budget is completely irrelevent.

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RE[2]: IE6 Users
by Vanders on Sat 30th Jan 2010 14:04 in reply to "RE: IE6 Users"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

"According to my knowledge there are three set of IE 6 users
(1) Enterprise users who doesn't have money to upgrade their existing softwares

IE is free so the enterprise user's budget is completely irrelevent.
"

He's almost certainly referring to "enterprise" software which is written to work with, and will only work with, IE6. Hell I've had the pleasure of "enterprise" Java software which only runs on the Microsoft JRE: something that is not only very old, you can't even get from Microsoft any more.

Do not underestimate the awful quality and cost of a lot of "enterprise" software.

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RE: IE6 Users
by ariarinen on Sat 30th Jan 2010 15:16 in reply to "IE6 Users"
ariarinen Member since:
2009-02-07

According to my knowledge there are three set of IE 6 users
(1) Enterprise users who doesn't have money to upgrade their existing softwares
(2) Home users, who doesn't know to use Windows Update to keep their computers upto date.
(3) Pirated Windows XP users for whom the latest IE or windows update are not available.
I would say
(1) Not all of them, they can have some critical system that req IE6 to work.
(2) probably or they use some legacy product or they simply like IE6.
(3) They can use some other browser.

I think they should ban IE6 from Google all services! They should put up a browser ballot when IE users come to their site and soon the 2 and 3 category would be history. 1 category is tricky it can be done but,costs a lot when you have a custom system to modify or replace.

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