Microsoft: have it your way on IE 8
Microsoft will soon start encouraging users running old versions of Internet Explorer to upgrade to the latest edition of its browser.
People running IE 6 and 7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 will in the third week of April receive a notification through the Automate Update service that encourages them to upgrade their system to IE 8, Microsoft has said.
This is not a hard sell, though. IE 8, released last month, won't start automatically installing itself on your machine - you'll have to opt in, by clicking the install button itself on the update message's accompanying screen. You can also download from here.
Click here, or not, for Internet Explorer 8
Furthermore, Microsoft re-iterated that users of Automatic Update that want to move to IE 8 in their own time can block the browser's download using its Bitlocker Toolkit released in January.
Users running old versions of Windows, though, will get a nudge in the upgrade direction by Microsoft. Users on Windows XP and Server 2003 will get an upgrade message classified as a "high-priority", whereas those on the newer Windows Vista and Server 2008 operating systems will get an upgrade message categorized as "important". ®
@ Mark Splinter
"i am charging double for IE compatibility now, and i will be explaining to clients that this is due to Microsoft being a steaming pile of shit"
At my company, while we don't exactly express our opinions about Microsoft to clients in quite that fashion, we do have a policy of cost loading on compatibility with various browsers. Our baseline price is quoted on W3C compliance (e.g. guaranteed to work in Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc). We then load additional costs for compatibility with any versions of IE the client wishes to provide support for. Full support for IE 6 and 7 on top of W3C compliance usually adds about 20-50% to the quote - e.g. a $1000.00 basic website with guaranteed W3C compliance turns into a $1200.00 - $1500.00 website if the client wants guaranteed support for IE 6 and 7 as well. How much extra we quote for depends on the complexity of the site layout and the estimated extent to which we'll have to kludge for IE. At a minimum is 3 separate CSS files (1 for IE 6, 1 for IE 7 and 1 for W3C), and there's usually additional PHP/Perl code to inject compensatory HTML depending on the browser detected.
We implemented this policy a few years ago when we found that most of our project overruns were the result of time wasted correcting rendering faults in IE. The clincher was a cost blowout on a major commercial project a while back that wiped out the entire profit we made from the job, purely because our designers had to spend several extra weeks testing and patching the site to work in 3 different versions of IE.
On our office bulletin board, we have a mock-up itemised bill to Microsoft for the extra time we've wasted making our sites work in their 'steaming pile of shit'. Currently it stands at over $200,000 Australian. It's a standing joke in the office that when it reaches the million dollar mark, we're going to send it to Microsoft in a coffin-shaped box along with some broken old IE install CDs!
So my friend, you're not alone in your decision! :)
Do they still release it for Mac? No.
Do they still have a version for WinNT on Sun. Oh silly me.
The only platform that it exists on is Winblows. Most of the users seem to be the ones who are too stupid to look for a better browser. Microsoft might save a lot of money if they just gave up and directed people to a page with links to 3rd party browsers like Chrome, FireFox, Opera etc
Which is pretty much what you get if you try to download their WMV stuff for OSX these days.
...getting people off IE6 is a good thing, even if it is only to upgrade to IE8