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IE 6 Can Get Along

One of the problems with IE 6 is that some apps won't run on later versions of the browser, and IE 6 won't run on any versions of Windows later than XP.

The problem with IE 9 is that it won't run on XP. How's that for a conundrum!

So what is a reasonable IT person to do? Rewrite IE 6 apps for IE 9 and move everyone to Windows 7? Stick with IE 6 and XP, even though support is waning faster than Andrew Dice Clay's career?

A company called Browsium claims it has the answer -- UniBrows. (Who is your best example of a celeb with a UniBrow? I pick Jeff Gordon before he married a supermodel. Make your pick at dbarney@redmondmag.com).

With UniBrows, you can run IE 8 on XP or Win 7, and it will accommodate IE 6 apps. It does this, in part, by supporting the old IE 6 rendering engine, but also handling old IE 6 JavaScript and ActiveX add-ons.

Microsoft has two solutions to the IE 6 problem: Its favorite is to have IT move to IE 9. Its second favorite is to run IE 6 on Windows 7 in a virtual machine.

Here's an interesting fact. Browsium, like Microsoft, is based in Redmond.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/16/2011 at 1:18 PM


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