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Microsoft has underlined support for its Internet Explorer 6 web browser, despite acknowledging its flaws.
The software giant said it would support IE6 until 2014 - four years beyond the original deadline.
Critics - some of which have started an online campaign - want the eight-year-old browser mothballed because they claim it slows the online experience.
The Microsoft way is to make you download a time bombed image every so often, not a real long term easy solution. Buying a license on ebay, how do you know the key is still valid and they didn't "sell" the key a dozen times over putting you in murky water at best.
Similarly how will you do IE7 once Vista is gone from the inventory at the shops out there ? Ah more regular downloads of timebombed images: way to go!
IE6 and IE7 will need to die soon enough, as more and more sites and new web pages will never have been tested on it soon enough.
As far as taking it personal: I've never taken it personal against the users that they do not upgrade. But there are different kinds of users that did not upgrade:
Till 2014 is far beyond reasonable in all objectivity.
2014: that's *WAY* beyond the lifespan of a machine bought to be old enough to even today be forced to run IE6.
The web needs to move on and every consecutive version of IE (6, 7 _and_ 8) are subsequently the biggest anchors holding back progress (like it or not, they are), and like it or not, the line will be cut at some point, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually it will. And the more of us who do cut the line the sooner the rest of us webmasters will be free to do so.
Whenever I run IE, I use IE6.0 - From a user standpoint, I have not seen the need to upgrade.
From a webmaster standpoint, this is a very, very annoying on MS' part. Frankly, I have stopped coding for IE6. If it renders okay, then fine for you. If it doesn't, then thats your problem. Not user-friendly, but then again... How many car dealers keep spare parts for a 1980 Ford? I realize I may be losing business over this, but I simply refuse to support a horrible abomination simply because some are too lazy to ditch it.
I'm not going to worry about it, after this year I just won't even test on IE6 and users who insist on using it can just get used to things not looking right, just like NN4 users.
It is the own responsibility of the car/browser owner if he wants to use outdated technology which gives him less safety/security, less comfort and less features than newer technology would. And it is the task of the petrol station/site owners to serve them as they are valuable customers and may switch to new technology at any time.
It is the own responsibility of the car/browser owner if he wants to use outdated technology
Bad analogy because you simply cannot drive the old car without proper maintenance. If your old car is a gross polluter with billowing smoke, or leaves a trail of oil on the road, the cops will give you tickets and if you don't fix it the state won't renew your license and your old vehicle will be forced to be scrapped unless repaired or put away in storage (out of sight).
IE 6 hasn't had proper maintenance and it billows improper CSS so my site deems it a gross polluter of my layout.
We can't make the website 'better' or 'faster' because if we do we make it, for all intents and purposes, impossible for IE6 users to access the site.
We tried to make our site better with a recent relaunch and ended up having to recycle a bunch of the old code anyway.
This is the worst possible outcome of the IE6 issue - being stuck with it for another four years.
Anyway, I dont ban them, but they get a very ugly banner at the top of the page with a link to information on why they are seeing the banner...
[edited by: tedster at 2:09 am (utc) on Aug. 24, 2009]
DOS is also the fastest operating system
That would be incorrect as the linear search used to locate files on large drives is sluggish at best and a massive file on FAT is also painfully slow to traverse.
The technology to speed it up is trivial, but you certainly wouldn't want too many files on it.