Internet Explorer 6 laid to rest after 10 years of service

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Jan 4, 2012
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  1. Mourning the passing of a trusted companion can be tough to cope with but for Microsoft, there’s reason to celebrate. To mark the demise of Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft baked…

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  2. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

    All that's left to do is to get rid of ie7. As a matter of fact we should only be using HTML 5 compliant browsers.

    We need faster releases of ie versions, just not at the rediculous rate of Firefox or Chrome realeses.
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Practically the only reason to use Explorer is when connecting to Microsoft for updates.
  4. @raybay: What's wrong with the fully functional built in Windows Update? Or are you not using Windows 7?
  5. Microsoft made a proprietary browser (IE 6) to keep all its users using a Microsoft browser; however other events (new browsers, technology, etc.) required Microsoft to make changes. They have slowly tweaked IE (7-10) to be more open and use more standards. Now Microsoft wants everyone to move off their old locked in browser. The main reason users may still be using IE 6 is because they are locked in and have to wait for upgraded applications. We use many browsers (IE 6 – 10), Firefox and Chrome. We still have IE 6 around to support some customers that still have old locked in applications. Thanks Microsoft...
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

  7. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    I'm glad we are starting to move up in the world... Next task: Upgrade all Microsoft 2000 licenses.
  8. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,960   +218

    "Laid to rest" is a bit misleading, security updates and support will be provided for it for as long as Windows XP SP3 is supported, that is April 8, 2014
    (Because a Retail copy of XP with SP3 comes with IE6 by default)
  9. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Well, maybe we could look at it this way: IE6 *is* six feet under, but Microsoft will be occasionally placing floral bouquets upon its grave site for the next two years.
  10. I still use it while working at the bank.
  11. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    Interesting that the people republic of China still has 25% usage according to the IE countdown site,

    why they no upgrade

    Even Windows XP supports IE 7.
  12. Because 99% of websites are using HTML 4.0
  13. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    HTML 5 compliance does not mean no support for older versions of the Markup Language. Just declare your doctype. It is pretty simple.

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