Microsoft calls IE6 users ignorant

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by InkMaster, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. InkMaster macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2007
    Nagoya, Japan
  2. edgew8 macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    Most people are not interested in learning the in's and out's of their Dells and WindowsXP. They just want to check their email, fantasy football stats and maybe a little porn. They trust M$ to provide this service without them having to do anything but click icons. So I would say the observation is pretty accurate :D
  3. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    Why do I still use IE6 on my work computer? Because no one in IT ever authorized me to upgrade it.
  4. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    This is true across much of the NHS here in the UK. I work for an E-learning firm, and making our products work with IE6 isn't a cake walk, but it's necessary.
  5. gilkisson macrumors 65816



    IE6 == "lowest common denominator".


    IT == "if it ain't broke, don't make me fix it".
  6. jrrdnx macrumors member


    Nov 13, 2008
    In my line of work, we tend to find people who still use IE6 think of it not as a browser, but as 'The Internet'. By opening IE, they are opening the internet itself like it's a program on their own computer. Ask them to try Firefox, Safari, or any other browser and their response is generally "Oh, I didn't know I could use another program. I thought IE was the internet".

    I've even talked to people who didn't know what I meant when I used the word browser. The biggest reason I'm glad Chrome was released was that it introduced those kinds of people to the alternatives to IE. I just hope the trend continues :)
  7. doubleohseven macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    An even better reason to switch to Safari or Firefox. :D
  8. InkMaster thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2007
    Nagoya, Japan
    Its a shame how in so much cases, IT, which by definition is supposed to keep the company up to date with technology, is the single department which completely screws over everyone else in the company with their laziness, incompetence and fear of upgrading. Honestly it seems like you can only find good IT at schools and startups.
    Or Chrome ;) ---- if it ever comes out for Mac!!! :mad:

    But yeah, on Windows I love it and it became my default browser since the day it came out. Been extremely fast, stable, easy to live with etc --- Just a shame that its bookmarks are next to useless :(
  9. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    No - it is supposed to keep the company IT working. Not up to date. Just working. In the vast majority of cases, IE6 works for them fine. Their obscure intranet stuff works. Their online room booking works. Their web based sales-team collab works. Consider the NHS with which I work with a lot - they have patient information databases, bronchoscopy case forms to fill out, prescription forms to write. Why change? Why risk stuff breaking just to be 'up to date'.

    In terms of reliable, robust IT infrastructure, being 'up to date' is the absolute last possible requirement.

    Microsoft is just annoyed that enterprise/corporate doesn't want Vista.
  10. drichards macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2008
    Microsoft doesn't want Vista anymore. Windows 7 to the rescue!
  11. és: macrumors 6502a


    They are right, users of IE6 are ignorant. Actually, anybody that used IE is ignorant.
  12. sharp65 macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    IE6 yes, IE7 works fine, keep trying.
  13. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Shame on you, Google, for not releasing one at the same time or within the week. No excuses for that. :mad: = agree

    On a side note, I've used Chrome and I think it sucks. I don't like it... just imho and all..
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i just find it ironice MS calls users that use its own software ignorant just because its not the latest version lol

    i agree with es, youre ignorant if you use IE period
  15. gilkisson macrumors 65816


    You misunderstood me. I will repeat it: "If it ain't broke, don't make me fix it".

    I am IT. I have several buildings and a few hundred users to support. 90% of those users are the type who call and say things like "MY internet isn't working"...

    IE6 really is the lowest common denominator. Outsourced web developers still use it to verify functionality. On my intranet, where I have a mix of Apache servers and IIS servers, PHP and ASP, IE works for all.

    Oh, and all my users have IE7. We've made it at least that far.

    And of the 10% of my users who are not clueless? I allow them to install FF, which is what we in IT use. It works just fine for most things... just not OWA, but that's another story.
  16. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Up until recently I used IE all the time on my XP system.

    Why? It works. I don't want my browser to do fancy things. I want something that works. And work it did - I've never had a virus on my own Windows system. I even removed AVG so I'm flying around the internet naked but from a scan every so often I'm clean.

    Only reason I went to Firefox was because Safari XP takes a while to load after its been used for a while (at least for me), and because I didn't like the way the address bar dropdown worked.
  17. iObama macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    Although I use Firefox, I thought that IE 6 was one of the best browsers I'd ever used. VERY fast, and simple.
  18. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'm lucky that my job standardized IE7 rather quickly. I have IE8 on my XP machine and it's an even better successor.
  19. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    There was this one girl I talked to once. She said sorry about her constantly logging of AIM because her internet kept on failing. I asked what kind of internet she had and she told me "dell". It made me laugh so ***** hard. :)
  20. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    IE 6 is the standard at work, although I use Firefox on my machine as our department pretty much has free rein on the systems. Until two months ago, IE 6 was the most popular browser for visitors to our website (it's now IE 7).

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