Microsoft

Reader @guy_fraser would like to remind us:

*MICROSOFT confirm end to IE6 pain!* Internet Explorer 6 has official “End of Life” from Microsoft on 13-Jul-2010 – see this page on their website: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifesupsps/#Internet_Explorer. After this date, Microsoft will treat the browser as ‘dead and buried’, they will not provide any support whatsoever, including security updates (this is a great way to explain to customers why they need to rid their networks of IE6).

Good news, eh? Now we just need to spread the word and make sure all developers actively inhibit IE6 support after that date (sooner would be better). Please post this fact and link to M$ site on your home page to make everyone very aware that IE6 is finally going to die! You’ll note the browser has already been EOL on several platforms/SPs :) As with any EOL product, developers/designers can (and should/must!) easily charge extra 200% or more for working with EOL software as there is no vendor support to back them up (not that there ever was).

6 thoughts on “Microsoft”

  1. I thought the Internet Explorer delivered with a Windows OS is supported until the end of life of that OS. That means that IE 5 is EOL in July. IE 6 will be supported until the EOL of Windows Server 2003 R2 in 2016.

    Cheers

    Walter

  2. I’m afraid the celebrations come a bit too early :-(

    All I can see is that IE 6 will not be supported on SP 2 (!) any more (same for IE7 on SP2, btw). For an “up to date” XP with SP 3, it still says:
    “Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. For more information, please see the service pack policy at http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/#ServicePackSupport.”

    AFAIK, Microsoft has recently confirmed that IE6 will be supported for as long as XP is supported – which will be 2014 IIRC :-(((

  3. You’re right, Microsoft’s support ends when the last OS it was shipped on reaches it’s EOL.

    IE6 on SP2 ends July 13, 2010, which is 24 months after SP3 was released.

    Service Pack 3 was released to manufacturers in April 2008, and to everyone else on July 10, 2008 which also reaches its end of support 24 months after release.

    According to the note (emphasis mine):

    Support [for Internet Explorer 6 (and interestingly, Internet Explorer 7)] ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first.

    … which if I’m connecting the dots correctly, support for IE6 SP3 also ends in July of this year.

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