Microsoft Wants IE6 Dead Once and for All

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Link11

IE will not die but the percentage will go so low that it will be almost extinct

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dude99

Still using it on my 98 machine, but that's only because I can't go any higher.

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bpstone

Download yourself a lightweight Linux or BSD distribution on your system. You'll get more default security, performance and a modernized interface. Unix-based, unlike Windows, is more secure than Windows from the get-go. You'll get more performance out of your older system than with Windows or other heavier bloated OSs. If you want to run common Windows programs such as Microsoft Office or some games, you can use Wine or Crossover. My opinion on an old computer is, "Don't throw it away, install Unix." lol

http://bit.ly/34ndIW Good article.

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tiger_shark

i don't think ie6 will die. at least not where i'm working at. we have programs(oracle based) that i think are using codes that are only compatible for ie6.

either that or they simply feel that they can restrict users w/o management or admin rights better than ie7 or firefox.

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darrennevares

IE of all versions must die for good, and the new era of installing a new browser from scratch such as maybe a Opera-ish & Google Chrome-ish browser?

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Lhot

It's just not....right (sic) to let people to run w/e they want on their own systems....and exactly what century are you from  :/

MS forced IE on everyone...they are to blame.  Then they forced Vista and now Win 7 on everyone...well everyone that wants the use of the most common apps, anyways.  NOW MS wants to kill what they forced on everyone in the first place.  All versions of IE are horrible...MS needs to step up and allow MS updates on other browsers, without un-needed plugins.

We've all been sucked into this vicious cycle...MS releases an OS..the hackers find holes...so MS scraps the OS for a new version, and another $300...over and over.  This is NOT a solution...this is pure greed and advantage taking being done by a large corporation.  MS isn't the only one but they sure are the ring leader :/

After the release of Windows XP...MS tiled themselves into a corner...and most consumers followed like sheep...$300 for DX10....and another $300 for DX11, neither of which is worth it...considering the continuing cartoonish graphics of most games.

 

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Nimrod

Your fucking complaing because MS actually releases a new OS every once in a while? If you dont like it then go buy a mac you fking idiot. Oh wait, they relese them even more of them! Not only that, but i cant even remember the las time i used a browser to get any of MS updates. Its called windows update, learn to use it some day ok?

 

Go away

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pellier

Microsoft has been doing a good job the past few years, pretty ,much after Vista, and most things in win 7 are backwards compatiable with vista, like DX11. People need to lay off of Microsoft.

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bpstone

Cosmetically along with some other uses Windows 7 is good. I think Microsoft should scrap their flawed Windows NT then start entirely from scratch. Screw backward compatibility since most people would be happy with the end result anyway. You spend a ton of time keeping the maintenance up on it while malware feast buffet style. If the gaming\graphics market supported Unix like they have Microsoft, I wouldn't bother with Windows.

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Rudder2

I don't thing the Department or Defence or even the US Government will give up using IE6.  I wish they would because useing EBay and other sites on IE6 is so complicated beause the layouts are all jacked up.  The tech people in the world need to patition the government to make a tecknology change to help out their employees.

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DogPatch1149

IE6 simply won't die until the world is purged of custom applications that have their hooks deep in IE6's quirks...er, "features".  It's much the same situation that is faced with Windows XP, which has been given more reprieves than most death row inmates.

Coding to accomodate and take advantage of a specific browser opens the door to nightmares like the undead IE6 zombie...I'm certain programmers knew of this possibility years ago, but simply didn't conceive of a world where IE6 was not dominant, and might not exist at all.

What's funny is that Paul Lilly wrote about IE6 back in June 2010, and the headline was that IE6's share had dipped below 5% for the first time in a long time.  http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ie6_usage_dips_below_5_percent  What happened?  Did it rebound for some reason?

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bpstone

Honestly more businesses need to switch to Linux Enterprise Desktop/Workstation/Sever. They'd save money from the start with less downtime too. Using Firefox in place of IE would make more sense.

At my old job they replaced our Linux devices with Windows only to be slower than molasses. 

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bpstone

I know companies are sworn to it. They have no plans to upgrade at all until they're forced to.

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kkern

Does it count against me if I use IE6 to immediately download Firefox or Chrome on a fresh XP or W2K3 installation?

It's unfortunate that Microsoft bundled such a feature-rich browser with the operating system ... as opposed to a feature-less, stripped-down, you-can-only-visit-download-links browser with the OS ... which would eliminate this problem.

How about if all I use IE6 for is accessing Windows Update (and uncheck the bloat of IE8 in the update list)?  Does that keep the percentage high?

 

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BAMT

That's exactly what I do. IE7/8 just take longer to launch and aren't used anyway.

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ShyLinuxGuy

I want IE (all versions!) dead once and for all! IE doesn't even compete, not even IE9 (yes, I have tried the beta. Not impressed--it's still a hand-holding, featureless (of features that are useful, such as wide availability of add-ons and settings), security-lacking browser. Die, die, DIE Internet Explorer!

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Crum.Nathan

I personally do not like IE any version but if anyone remembers MaximumPc doing a report on the different browsers, the current version of IE had the least security holes while Firefox had more and Chrome had the most. Something must have been done right?

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bpstone

Microsoft's IE is a joke and overdue for release. I despise it and removed it from my Windows OS. Unless you're gaming or doing intensive graphics other than OGL, then use Linux. I'd expect Microsoft to be the first off-the-line for a commercial OS, but they're not while open source browsers are far superior to it.

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Danthrax66

Actually IE9 supports HTML5 better than most browsers right now. Well actually this was from like 2 weeks ago and the spec for HTML5 changes daily.

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bpstone

It is still not utilized by a lot of websites. I personally like HTML5, but hate IE.

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pellier

It would be nice if Microsoft could just force an update to IE6 but damn those elitests who get pissed if they dont get to choose what gets put on their computers.

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