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When it was released 10 years ago, IE6 was the most sophisticated browser on the market. Now it lingers like a nasty fart in a crowded lift, embarrassing its producer Microsoft so much that it sent flowers to a mock-funeral for IE6 and now has released IE6countdown.com, asking developers to market IE9 by adding a browser upgrade link on their sites.
Two years ago, I wrote about IE8 in a ZDNet article:
If Microsoft is serious about wishing to persuade users and corporates to upgrade, it should address the reasons why people have not yet upgraded.
It could, for example, encourage systems administrators to upgrade corporate networks by officially announcing that IE6 has reached the end of its life and stop supporting it, and back-port IE8 to run on Windows 2000 so users of that operating system have an upgrade path.
But IE9 is only available for Windows 7 and Windows Vista users—so users of Windows XP, the most-used operating system in the world, cannot leave IE6 for IE9.
If Opera can make Opera 11, with its superb support for modern standards, work on Windows 2000 and above, why can’t Microsoft make Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 work on Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows 2000?
That would significantly help them towards their goal of watching “Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide”.
I really can’t think of a reason why they don’t backport it – can you?