Don't Drink the IE6 Milk, It's 9 Years Old
Article by George Norman
On 12 May 2010
Windows XP, the quite popular Microsoft-developed operating system (OS), was launched back in 2001. The web browser that came bundled with the OS was Internet Explore 6 (IE6). This makes IE6 9 years old – that’s like 52 years in dog years. At 9 years old, IE6 is truly an outdated piece of software.

Microsoft Australia wants to draw attention to the fact that IE6 is almost a decade old, and launched an interesting campaign in which it compares IE6 to milk. Microsoft Australia asks IE6 users simple enough question. You wouldn’t drink 9-year-old milk, so why use a 9-year-old browser.


There are newer versions of Internet Explorer out there. The latest version is IE8 and it is leaps and bounds better than IE6. Take security for example. While it is true that at the time of its launch IE6 offered “cutting-edge security”, the browser is now 9 years old. All its security features are outdated. IE8 on the other hand is not outdated. It is perfectly capable of copying “with today’s modern cyber crime.”

So if you are still using IE6, please upgrade. If you want to stay with a Microsoft-developed web browser, upgrade to IE8. If you want to get off the Microsoft bandwagon, there are plenty of other browser to choose from, like Mozilla’s Firefox, Google’s Chrome, or Opera’s Opera browser. If you’re really into social networking, then I would suggest you try Flock.

In related news, this campaign against the outdated IE6 browser was first announced back in November, last year. Until now it was believed that Redmond-based software giant would roll it out to the masses this June. Since it is not June yet, and since the campaign is only running in Australia, perhaps Microsoft is trying it out “down under” before rolling it to the rest of the world. Still, the point of the campaign stands – if you’re still on IE6, you need to upgrade.

Tags: Microsoft Australia, Internet Explorer, IE6
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