Microsoft does not support the use of Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) or similar third-party application virtualization products to virtualize IE6 as an “application” enabling multiple versions of Internet Explorer on a single operating system. These unsupported approaches may potentially stop working when customers patch or update the underlying operating system, introducing technical incompatibilities and business continuity issues. In addition, the terms under which Windows and IE6 are licensed do not permit IE6 application virtualization. Microsoft supports and licenses IE6 only for use as part of the Windows operating system, not as a standalone application.
Haven't we known the reason companies haven't upgraded from IE6 is application compatibility for a while now? IE6's unique interpretation of specs meant that applications were often specifically coded against web standards, causing IE6 to be the only supported browser. It's unfortunate Microsoft doesn't allow virtualization of IE6, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways around it while still maintaining compliance (Citrix XenApp, TS RemoteApp, or even Med-V) .
Firefox plus IE Tab or Opera and set compatibility mode to IE.
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IE6 is still used on 10k+ desktops at my company. Just like the article states: Apps were developed that were dependent on MS's proprietary extension of standards. We've been trying to get everyone to IE8 for many months, but there are all kinds of quirks with the apps.
>> Because Windows XP and IE are so tightly integrated, Microsoft doesn't consider it to be a stand-alone application.
That was Microsoft's way of stopping OEMs from uninstalling it and putting an alternate browser on the system... which is also the cause of the *hundreds* of unpatched security flaws in IE6. Thanks Microsoft!
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Quote from MS: "These unsupported approaches may potentially stop working when customers patch or update the underlying operating system, introducing technical incompatibilities and business continuity issues."
Translation: "We're gonna break that functionality soonest!"
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
"ancient, wheezing, colostomy-bag-holding mother-in-law".... Joel, you are just priceless sometimes.... priceless.
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Just so you know, there are thousands of people who consider a colostomy bag a life-saving procedure. And not all of them are ancient and wheezing. Some are in their teens or younger. Many cycle, ride mountain bikes, participate in marathons and fly your airplanes. And lead normal lives. Time to get your facts straight. http://www.facebook.com/#!/uncoverostomy
Holy Political Correctness, Bat Man!!
Nobody here is making fun of people who have colostomy bags. (something that we're already aware is necessary to lots of people at times) I've had to deal with them before when my folks each passed on.
We are making fun of an old version of a software program and the way it was tied into many applications years ago. And how the decision to tie that old browser in with software development is biting companies backside's now.
Well said, Neil. PFolk, this was all said in humor and the article had zero to do with people in this unfortunate situation, obviously.
Thanks, PFolk - you said it better than I could have. No excuse for that 'humor' - and if Joel has a title that includes the concept of him as a journalist, well, someone better take another look at his diploma. A real journalism program would have prepared him better.
PFolk, LAukett, & Realneil,
While I agree with Realneil's sentiment wholeheartedly, this is not an issue of political correctness. Nothing in my statement attacks the usefulness of a colostomy bag, declares them the sole province of old people, or degrades people who depend on them. The sentence describes how the ravages of time transformed perceptions of IE6.
I joined the reference to colostomy bags to three other descriptors: "ancient," "wheezing," and "mother-in-law." I am curious as to why you chose to be offended at this particular item as opposed to the other three. If my incorporation of colostomy bags is inherently offensive and a deliberate attempt to mock those who use them, surely I've also unfairly maligned people with breathing issues, old people, and mothers-in-law. Even my description of IE6 as Microsoft's one-time "Playmate" must be suspect; I've implied an improper and perverted transfer of sexual attraction to a piece of software
You both are absolutely entitled to think my comparison humorless and crass. The fact that you are particularly sensitive on the subject of colostomy bags, however, does not mean I treated the concept with any sort of gross thoughtlessness or special malice.
I maintain that either my entire statement is equally offensive in both its positive and negative comparison, or it's inoffensive based on the points I've already made. If offensive, your war against the English language encompasses a much larger front than my modest journalism can account for. If inoffensive, you drew inappropriate conclusions based on an incorrect reading of my motive and the comparison itself.
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