Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2014 16:45 UTC
Internet Explorer

Despite XP's end of support, Microsoft is still going to release the fix for the recent Internet Explorer vulnerability for the ageing operating system.

Even though Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and is past the time we normally provide security updates, we've decided to provide an update for all versions of Windows XP (including embedded), today. We made this exception based on the proximity to the end of support for Windows XP. The reality is there have been a very small number of attacks based on this particular vulnerability and concerns were, frankly, overblown. Unfortunately this is a sign of the times and this is not to say we don’t take these reports seriously. We absolutely do.

If you're still on Windows XP, you deserve to be insecure. Get a modern operating system - Windows 7/8, OS X, Linux, anything. XP is outdated crap, and it's time to move on.

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Comment by KLU9
by KLU9 on Thu 1st May 2014 17:26 UTC
KLU9
Member since:
2006-12-06

This should be big news for China, which has an estimated 77% of the world's IE6 users!

http://www.techinasia.com/windows-xp-now-dead-but-200-million-machi...

"a staggering 22 percent of the world’s web browsing is made up of mainland China rocking IE6"

I have no idea why so many still use IE6, other than that I hear some online banking sites in China still require it.

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RE: Comment by KLU9
by WorknMan on Thu 1st May 2014 19:59 in reply to "Comment by KLU9"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

I have no idea why so many still use IE6


Same reason why the company I work for still has production servers running perl 5.06. It costs money to either rewrite or test old web apps/scripts on the latest and greatest.

For better or worse, some companies choose not to spend that money. At least we recently went from IE6 to IE8, so we're making progress ;)

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RE: Comment by KLU9
by Fergy on Thu 1st May 2014 22:07 in reply to "Comment by KLU9"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I have no idea why so many still use IE6, other than that I hear some online banking sites in China still require it.

They are illegal copies and don't get updates.

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RE[2]: Comment by KLU9
by daedalus on Fri 2nd May 2014 11:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by KLU9"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

I'm pretty sure I can download newer versions of IE without having a legal copy of Windows. In fact, I probably don't even need IE or Windows at all to be able to download a newer version than IE6...

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