Tuesday, 2 February 2010

BBC News - Pressure mounts to phase out Internet Explorer 6

A Downing Street petition is calling for the UK government to drop Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) and move to a more modern browser.

The petition says that IE6 has security flaws and uses outdated technology, creating a burden for developers.

The petition comes as the Department of Health advised the NHS to move away from the old browser.

Other government departments - and many firms - still use the software, which was first released in 2001.

"Most creative and software development companies are forced by government department clients to build websites for IE6 when most of the industry has moved on," the petition reads.

"Upgrading would be a massive task for government, but if the public is encouraged to lead the way and the government follows, that would create the momentum needed."

The petition was set up by Dan Frydman of web firm Inigo.

A campaign in the US, called ie6nomore, is supported by more than 70 web firms and claims the software is "holding the web back".

Microsoft has released two more versions of its web browser since IE6, but some firms and government departments still use systems that require it.

BBC News - Pressure mounts to phase out Internet Explorer 6
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