Unfortunately, the IT departments of big corporation still seem to think otherwise. IE6 will cause many gray hairs for developers for years to come still.
The unsung comic geniuses of the web are holding a mock funeral for Microsoft's decrepit IE 6 browser software later on Thursday. The IE 6 Funeral site announced on Monday that the browser "passed away" in a workplace injury (a reference to the role the eight-year-old browser played in the Operation Aurora attack against …
We're in the same boat... it's almost as though people want to be hacked!
If IE6 is dead, I fear that the ghost of IE6-past will be around to haunt us for a long while yet. Probably until the day MS start implementing web standards on their browsers.
Beer - because I'll need one after swearing at IE6 CSS
It is not just corporate IT departments, people with old computers are still happily surfing away with IE6 - we got 281,151 unique IE6 visitors (happily now under 15% of total) last 30 days
Surprised? do a quick test with some older family members or friends, "which Internet browser do you user?" Very few people are able to answer the question, never mind know how to identify the version... Geeks can bury what they want, won't change a damn thing as the problem will only be solved by the rate of failure of hard disks or other components on those millions of machines...
"every time I browse for porn and erase my dirty tracks with the push of a couple of buttons."
Last I checked, this is a good way to get stuck permenantly browsing porn as all the crapware shoves itself onto your system through the crap they call a browser.
And as for the tracks, isn't that what porn-mode, erm "In-Private Browsing," is for?
Fail for crappily-constructed sarcasm (please say it was just sarcasm).
...stats from sites I'm involved in, with a global audience within finance, show a 3 way equal split between IE6/7/8 for the last month.... ie6 is still 20%-ish of total traffic.
no reason not to bury ie6 alive though.
in fact if 7+8 accidentally fell in too it would be no great loss.
In fact, so much around that in my current company we're barred (i.e. disciplinary action if we do) from upgrading to IE7, never mind IE8. Reason is that all company intranet stuff assumes IE6.
So everyone's stuck with IE6 for internal company stuff. For anything else, everyone uses Firefox.
These nerds should find better uses for their time and efforts.
IE6 is still the world's defacto standard web browser. It may not have the market share it once did, but it's what companies still use. Not IE7, not Firefox and certainly never Chrome or Safari.
So until businesses decide to move on, IE6 will be with us, and unlike Netscape 4, there's no millennium bug hype for it to be swept away with as companies panic-buy new software and upgrade a lot of other stuff in the process.
Google dropping support for IE6 on its websites isn't going to help matters either. if anything, managers will love that kind of thing because it'll leave IE6's only real use as a business tool, not a toy that employees hijack to 'play' on Facebook and check personal email in business time. Let them do it on their lunch break at their own expense on their smartphones.
Seeing the back of IE6 is going to be a much more slow and painful process than NS4, I'm afraid. Since when has what home users do and use been the deciding factor in anything worth reporting?
Perhaps the whole notion of versions is a bad idea? What about if the normal patches that software gets included new rendering modes that added support for new features, but required something like Microsoft's meta tag or HTTP field to select the appropriate rendering mode? That way updates would never take anything away from the old 'version' or break any pages so companies would include them. If all you needed to know was that adding the 'IE7' tag to your intranet, it would never break even if you installed IE16, you'd have the best of both worlds.
Yes it would be bloated and inefficient, but that's the story of big successful business.
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