You're using IE6? Why?

bsoremsugar —  July 14, 2009 — 6 Comments

Digg recently dug into why users are using IE6. Their results are quite interesting.

Of course, this only represents users thar are going to digg with IE6, but their results do tell us “IT departments prevent users from using a modern browser.”  Why are IT departments doing this?  Laziness?

Consider this:

IE6 just had two new vulnerabilities confirmed by MS in the last six weeks… even after 8 years of development.

YouTube announced it is dropping IE6 support … will the market dictate the end of life for IE6?

Sugar is NOT going to drop IE6 support in 5.5, but we’re going to introduce an IE6 only theme.  So grab your chaise lounge, sit back, and tell us how you feel.

6 responses to You're using IE6? Why?

  1. 

    I believe you’re doing the right thing with the introduction of an IE6 theme. If you haven’t thought of it already, consider auto-pointing IE6 users to that theme automatically. It’s about older computers, users who don’t care or don’t know the difference, stubborn administrations, etc. Supporting them with a working but minimal theme is probably everything they ever wished for.

  2. 

    I believe you’re doing the right thing with the introduction of an IE6 theme. If you haven’t thought of it already, consider auto-pointing IE6 users to that theme automatically. It’s about older computers, users who don’t care or don’t know the difference, stubborn administrations, etc. Supporting them with a working but minimal theme is probably everything they ever wished for.

  3. 

    I have to disagree with Loek. It’s not about users who don’t care. It’s about corporate IT departments who blindly followed Microsoft “standards” and now find themselves tied into applications that depend on a client instead of building loosely coupled applications. It’s not about stubbornness. It’s about the cost of upgrading myriads of applications that depend on IE6. If there is a lesson to be learned for corporates it’s about standards based computing.

  4. 

    I have to disagree with Loek. It’s not about users who don’t care. It’s about corporate IT departments who blindly followed Microsoft “standards” and now find themselves tied into applications that depend on a client instead of building loosely coupled applications. It’s not about stubbornness. It’s about the cost of upgrading myriads of applications that depend on IE6. If there is a lesson to be learned for corporates it’s about standards based computing.

  5. 

    Even if you’re right (you are implying that IE6-dependent apps do not run on IE7), if I understand you correctly we still agree on Sugar’s take on this.

  6. 

    Even if you’re right (you are implying that IE6-dependent apps do not run on IE7), if I understand you correctly we still agree on Sugar’s take on this.

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