Microsoft sends flowers to Internet Explorer 6 funeral

http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/archives/196608.asp :smiley:

Strange that the funeral is being held now when the date of death is 14th July 2010.

Isn’t it more usial for the death to precede the funeral?

Haven’t looked at the link but it probably refers to http://ie6funeral.com/ who had a funeral party on march 1st 2010

Thank god its finally dead :lol:

I think you’re over thinking it. :stuck_out_tongue: There was no logic to it. It was a joke. They did it for fun (and publicity)

I believe Microsoft has committed to supporting it - along with Windows xp - until 2014.
Reminds me of what Mark Twain reportedly said of rumors of his own death - “greatly exaggerated”…

Cordially, David

This is way old…bit late on the jump, yes?
This was done just before the start of MIX 2010.
Watch Keynote Day 2: http://live.visitmix.com/MIX10/Sessions/KEY02 (3 minutes in)

I believe Microsoft has committed to supporting it - along with Windows xp - until 2014.

That support is only for providing patches and security patches.

I had actually checked the Microsoft site in order to confirm the 14th July 2010 date before I posted it. Their site still lists that as the official end of life date for Windows XP/IE6.

I had actually checked the Microsoft site in order to confirm the 14th July 2010 date before I posted it

You may have been reading the support expiration date for Windows xp SP2. The expiration of SP3, the current version, was announced some time ago, and I no longer see that explicitly spelled out on the MS site. But there is this note on this upgrade page.

There’s no SP3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with SP2, you have the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014.

The support for IE6 is tied to the support of Windows, of which it is an integral part.

I hope that helps.

Cordially, David

The page I was looking at didn’t specify any particular service pack. Perhaps Microsoft haven’t remembered to update all the pages of their site when deciding to continue supporting XP and IE6 for another four years.

Makes it all the more surprising that they’d send flowers when it is four years early rather than just a few months.

While Microsoft still are required to keep supporting it (due to the licenses they have with end-consumers) and have stated their intentions to continue supporting the OS and browser inclusive, it’s worth pointing out that Microsoft have officially stated their deprecation of IE6 thereby giving commitment to trying to encourage upgrading away from the browser (beyond their previous efforts). That funeral was provided by people to mark the occasion (by a few fun loving IE6 haters), it’s not saying that IE6 won’t linger, it’s saying that IE6 is effectively a zombie / ghost… a walking corpse which everyone (including MS wants shot of). :slight_smile:

Yup. “A zombie” about sums it up. And it keeps biting us… Yeeeeeooooowwwww!

Cordially, David.
P.S. Speaking for myself, so does IE 7… :frowning: