EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

02.02.10

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Faces More Bans or Backlash

Posted in Boycott Novell, Deception, Europe, Google, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 9:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The “Blue E” is losing whatever mojo it had left as its hostility towards security and web standards has version 6 abandoned by the NHS and the Internet’s giant, Google

THROUGHOUT the month of January, Internet Explorer made many headlines [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12] for all the wrong reasons (from Microsoft’s perspective).

Here is a new cartoon about IE, as well as the announcement from Google that it is abandoning Internet Explorer 6 support.

Google will phase out support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 Web browser starting in March, the company said Friday.

This is covered in a variety of other news sites and discussed in Slashdot. It can lead to greater Microsoft-Google tensions just as everything heats up between those two.

Microsoft has accused Google of behaving like Microsoft.

Not only Google but The H too has just ranted about Internet Explorer, calling it “a problem child” in the headline and adding:

Users should consider using an alternative, such as Firefox, Chrome or Opera. Although these browsers also contain critical security vulnerabilities – with developers frequently fixing critical bugs in Firefox in particular – there have so far been almost no zero day exploits for these vulnerabilities. Criminals continue to concentrate their attacks on Internet Explorer. Firefox’s growing market share may mean, however, that it too could soon find itself under increasing fire.

Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany have already warned against the use of Internet Explorer. The UK, however, is in Microsoft’s bed, as usual. Its government seems to be listening to Microsoft's lies about Internet Explorer security.

While the UK government contends that “there is no evidence that moving from the latest fully patched versions of Internet Explorer to other browsers will make users more secure”, there are many others who would disagree.

More details at The Register:

Google and the NHS may soon be ditching support for Internet Explorer 6, but that hasn’t stopped UK government officials from declaring the browser doesn’t give them cause for concern, unlike their French and German counterparts.

But also at The Register yesterday:

DoH tells NHS to dump IE6

The Department of Health has told trusts using Windows 2000 or XP to move to version 7 of Microsoft’s browser.

We wrote about problems that the NHS was having with Internet Explorer just over a week ago and “Manchester Police [is] cut off from database for three days with virus,” says one person who points out this report from the BBC. It says: “Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has been cut off from a national  criminal database for more than three days because of a computer virus.

“IT experts disconnected GMP from the Police National Computer (PNC) after finding the conficker virus on Friday.”

“Microsoft essentially made money from Conficker.”A fortnight ago we learned that other parts of Manchester's public sector suffered from Windows viruses and it’s not the first time this happens here. Microsoft was called in and was paid millions of pounds of taxpayers' money to repair the damage its software had caused. Microsoft essentially made money from Conficker.

Microsoft will probably blame users who do not patch their installations, but as long as Microsoft spreads its software for free under constant threats, Conficker will always be a problem. It’s the cost of Microsoft’s dishonesty.

“It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not.”

Bill Gates

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. Needs Sunlight said,

    February 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Gravatar

    The title “DoH tells NHS to dump IE6″ shows that DoH is just parroting the Microsoft party line and helping sell Vista7 and MSIE8, both of which are just as poor quality and vulnerable as the predecessors. If the title had been “DoH tells NHS to dump IE” then that would be real news.

  2. NotZed said,

    February 3, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Gravatar

    I’m pretty astounded that IE6 is `supported’ out to 2014 (sorry, I can’t remember where I read that). Wow. That just doesn’t make sense … unless you’re trying to mess with competitors, then it makes perfect sense.

    Anyway, good to see Google throwing their weight around somewhere where it might make a difference (the China thing was admirable, but where has that ended up anyway? And what about Australia and other countries hell-bent on censorship?).

What Else is New


  1. Links 20/10/2019: GNU/Linux at Penn Manor School District, Wine-Staging 4.18, Xfce 4.16 Development, FreeBSD 12.1 RC2

    Links for the day



  2. Guest Post: Understanding Autism for More Complete Inclusion

    "...assuming that autistic people are all the same isn't only technically wrong, it is misleading and leads to harmful and needless misunderstandings."



  3. Guest Post: Free Software Freedom is Not a Freedom of Choice

    The concept of "Freedom of Choice" and how the ruling class uses it to give a false impression of "Freedom"



  4. Guest Post: Free Software Developers and Pursuing 'Market Share'

    "The only people interested in software freedom are (almost always) free software developers. And users are interested in freedom to a very limited extent: the "free beer" side. Even many free software developers are only interested in the "free beer" part of free software."



  5. The Assertion That Microsoft Uses Communist Tactics Against GNU/Linux and Free/Libre Software

    A study of Taistoism might help understand how Free/libre software is being undermined



  6. European Patent Office and US Patent and Trademark Office Cranks Discovered Buzzwords, Stopped Worrying, Started Granting Patents They Know to be Fake

    The world's patent repositories are being saturated with loads of junk patents or patents that have no legal bearing but can still be leveraged for extortion purposes; the EPO is resorting to lies and artificially-elevated buzzwords to justify granting such fake (yet ruinous) patents



  7. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, October 19, 2019

    IRC logs for Saturday, October 19, 2019



  8. “The True Hypocrite is the One Who Ceases to Perceive His Deception, the One Who Lies With Sincerity,” Said André Paul Guillaume Gide (Nobel Prize in Literature)

    Lies flow like water in the realm of EPO and its publishers, whose sole role is dissemination of deliberate falsehoods, misnomers and misinformation



  9. The EPO Cannot Guard Fake European Patents From Scrutiny (in the Long Run)

    Legal certainty associated with newly-granted European Patents is already pretty low and as long as the EPO refuses to acknowledge that its courts (or boards) lack autonomy the EPO merely brushes a growing problem under the rug



  10. Links 19/10/2019: DeX Discontinued, DXVK 1.4.3 and Wine 4.18 Released

    Links for the day



  11. 'Corporate Linux' Will Not Protect Software Freedom

    The corporate model is inherently not compatible with software that users themselves fully control (or Software Freedom in general), so we must rely on another model of sovereignty over code and compiled code (binaries)



  12. IRC Proceedings: Friday, October 18, 2019

    IRC logs for Friday, October 18, 2019



  13. 26,000 Posts

    We want to thank those who help spread the word; it gives us moral support and morale.



  14. The Myth of 'Analysts'

    People with exaggerated roles (exaggerated by corporate media and corporations that control them) distort public perceptions about their clients; they're in effect just elevated marketing or Public Relations (PR) operatives



  15. The FSF Has Two Acting Presidents Now

    Alexandre Oliva, who acted as a sort of deputy of Richard Stallman in recent weeks, sheds some much-needed light on the current situation



  16. Should Anybody Dictate the Free Software Movement?

    "There's a great myth, as Jagadees reminds us, that advocacy doesn't produce software. That myth is corporate, and proper advocacy has at times produced the greatest software in the history of computing. If we want great Free software to continue, we need advocacy more than ever."



  17. Links 18/10/2019: More KDE Events and OpenBSD 6.6

    Links for the day



  18. We Don't Know Who Will Run the Free Software Foundation, But We Know Who Will Run the GNU Project

    Software Freedom is under a heavy and perhaps unprecedented attack; some people out there are paid by the attackers to celebrate this attack and defame people (cheering for corporate takeover under the blanket of “Open Source”), but the founder of the Free software movement remains alive, well, and very much active



  19. New EPO Meme: Who Wants to Make Billions From a 'Public' Monopoly?

    What was supposed to be a cash-balanced patent office became a money-making monster that fakes ‘crises’ to attack hard-working examiners



  20. EmacsConf Without Richard Stallman

    Now that emacs is being 'rebranded' this kind of meme seems apt



  21. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, October 17, 2019

    IRC logs for Thursday, October 17, 2019



  22. Guest Article: In the Absence of Richard Stallman OEM Source Software ('Open Source') is Trying to Hijack Even Emacs

    "Now they have to create some fictional history. No need to worry."



  23. Guest Article: Techies Should Not Dictate the Free Software Movement

    "We should start a second phase of the Free software movement that's making good software and putting users at the center."



  24. Links 17/10/2019: Ubuntu Turns 15, New Codename Revealed, Ubuntu 19.10 is Out

    Links for the day



  25. Free as in Free Speech (Restrictions May Apply)

    When limits of speech are not safety-related rules but political correctness or conformism



  26. There Won't be Patent Justice Until Patent Trolling Becomes Completely and Totally Extinct

    SLAPP-like behaviour and extortion/blackmail tactics using patent monopolies are a stain on the patent system; it's time to adopt measures to stop these things once and for all, bearing in mind they're inherently antithetical to the goal/s of the patent system and therefore discourage public support for this whole system



  27. EPO Staff Union and Staff Representatives Ought to Demand EPO Stops Bullying Publishers and Censoring Their Sites

    An often neglected if not forgotten aspect of EPO tyranny is the war on information itself; EPO management continues to show hostility towards journalism and disdain for true information



  28. Bribes, Lies, Fundamental Violations of the Law and Cover-Up: This is Today's European Patent Office

    It has gotten extremely difficult to hold the conspirators accountable for turning Europe’s patent office into a ‘printing machine’ of the litigation industry and amassing vast amounts of money (to be passed to private, for-profit companies)



  29. The Free Software Foundation (FSF) Lost Almost Half (3 Out of 8) Board Members in Only One Month

    As the old saying goes, a picture (or screenshot) is worth a thousand words



  30. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

    IRC logs for Wednesday, October 16, 2019


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts