Microsoft is finally giving IE 6 the axe — WinXP, Win7 users will automatically receive updates to IE 8 and IE 9, respectively. That is, provided they have auto-updates turned on, which most do.
Webmasters everywhere sigh with relief.
And many of us won’t even notice…
There goes my last possible reason to embrace atheism.
Not so fast.
And the atheist lobby wins a reprieve…
I’ll sign with relief when IE9 joins the Dodo. And I’m not any kind of master, just a lowly enterprise architect. After a tequila or five, I think M$ does it to us on purpose.
We’re finally being dragged into the IE8 apocalypse kicking and screaming. Have a substantial base of preexisting apps and legacy code that IE8 doesn’t play well with currently. Expect our IT gnomes to go into duck and cover mode sometime soon.
The last version of Internet Exploder that I had on one of my computers was 5.2.3. I’m thankful that Microsoft dropped support for IE on the Mac without inflicting IE6 on Apple users.
Annoyingly, we’re still tied to IE6 at work for certain programs, but even out own web servers b*tch at us for using it.
But even MORE annoyingly, all of a sudden Firefox 8 is not working with “New style” Youtube embeds (with Iframes). Unless I’m missing something simple, this is a serious problem.
Nobody running Windows 7 has IE6 anyway, unless they deliberately installed it; it ships with IE8.
The people still running ass-backwards LOB applications that depend on IE6 aren’t going to stop, sadly. (Especially since as The Director said, MS isn’t going to auto-upgrade the enterprise license people.)
Kind of a shame, in a way, since code like that is a boat-anchor around a company’s neck, if it’s important (since eventually IE6 will stop working sensibly, one way or another – do you want your entire company to have to run XP in a VM to use a LOB application? If you said “yes”, you’re wrong.) … and wasting everyone’s time and effort and stability if it’s not important and they have to run that crap to use it.
I upgraded IE whenever Windows told me to, as I’ve used automatic downloads for years. Never fussed me too much, since I’ve also been using Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox for years.
My version of Windows 7 is running IE 9, but that may have been one of the first upgrades it performed when I bought the computer this summer. W7 is not so bad.
W7 is a nightmare for anyone with music programs on their computer and no external keyboard – say, like the group of poor college students who take my music theory class! There is a flaw in W7 that makes it impossible to sync up the visual with the audio, so certain exercises in music theory software no longer work – unless you shell out the dollars for an external piano keyboard, which is pricy. And this is a flaw with no other “out”! Either you buy the keyboard, or the program doesn’t work properly. Blech! I’m glad I own a MAC!
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