hutcheson - 3:30 am on Feb 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
>Security has little to nothing to do with it, because if security was the driving goal, then corporations would have dropped IE6 years ago.
There's a big gap between "nothing" and "the driving goal".
The IE trap was not based so much on HTML lockins as it was on plugins--Microsoft invited all or sundry to use IE with hand-crufted plugins as the front end for all sort of large clumsy corporate-IT-type projects. That was then. Now IE 8 doesn't support those plugins. What's a poor corporate drone to do, to enhance job security? And job security is inevitably more important than data security.
How about replacing the software on top of IE? Well, I pushed a manager three levels up to ask HIS boss about that. The answer, near as I can quote what was repeated to me, "I spent 35 million dollars for that system, and I'd look a right fool if we stopped using it."
So what are we doing? Gearing up to spend 35 million dollars for the update.
I don't call this "stupidity". I don't call it "ignorance". I call it "bloody malice." But ... it happens.
And you also have to remember Microsoft marketing techniques. For large customers who are looking to desert the sinking ship, Microsoft won't talk to the techies. They'll get a vice-president to call the CEO--and tell him that his techies are plotting to do all sorts of nefarious things ... MBA-to-MBA, that kind of big lie is often believed, because, well, in many companies, at that level of corporate activity, being a paranoid half-canine of uncertain ancestry is not just a prerequisite, it's part of the job description.
So a corporate edict goes out: Nothing to drink but Microsoft Kool-Aid! Any techie with the guts to stand up for the best for the corporation gets fired. And another 35 million dollars gets drained out of the productive portion of the economy.