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[News] [Rival] Google Eats IE for Breakfast, IE6 Dies with Lockin Legacy

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Google Eats IE for Breakfast, IE6 Dies with Lockin Legacy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 10:20:49 +0000
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Google Chrome Chips Away at Internet Explorer

,----[ Quote ]
| Recent market share statistics deliver 
| good and bad news for Microsoft. The 
| company saw its Internet Explorer browser 
| lose more ground, seemingly to Google 
| Desktop and Chrome, while its Windows 7 
| operating system quickly gained market 
| acceptance.


Microsoft To End Support For Older Windows Versions


Last rites for Microsoft's loathed browser IE6 


Web designers announce IE6's 'death,' slate party


IE6's 'Death' Spurs Web Designers to Celebrate


YouTube sets March 13 IE6 kill date


YouTube Yanks IE6 Support in March


Chinese hacker of Internet Explorer, Google ID'd by US investigators, report says


Funeral for Internet Explorer 6 next Thursday â send flowers

,----[ Quote ]
| Internet Explorer 6 died on March 1, 2010, 
| in Mountain View, Calif., after a family 
| rival removed it from life support. The 
| simultaneously beloved and detested Web 
| browser was nearly 8.5 years old.


Korea Sticking to Aging Browser

,----[ Quote ]
| In an ironic twist, South Korea, the self-
| touted high-tech nation of the planet, 
| appears to be clinging to decaying 
| Internet technologies.
| Internet giant Google is now telling its 
| users to drop Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), 
| the antiquated Microsoft Web browser that 
| debuted in 2001, planning to kill IE6 
| support on its key products such as 
| YouTube (www.youtube.com) and Gmail e-mail 
| services.


This means that a lot of Koreans will move off IE.

"In one piece of mail people were suggesting that Office had to work
equally well with all browsers and that we shouldnât force Office users to
use our browser. This Is wrong and I wanted to correct this.

"Another suggestion In this mail was that we canât make our own
unilateral extensions to HTML I was going to say this was wrong
and correct this also."

                                --Bill Gates



No choice of browser in South Korea

,----[ Quote ]
| As has been in the news this week and
| mentioned on many Mozilla blogs, the
| European Commission is working with
| Microsoft and other browser manufacturers,
| including Mozilla of course, to launch the
| web browser ballot in the EC.
| To those critics of the browser ballot who
| would rather the free market be left
| completely to Adam Smithâs invisible hand, I
| would present to you the example of South
| Korea. In short, South Korea is a sad
| example of a Microsoft monoculture where the
| course of history and the lack of anti-
| monopoly oversight have created a nation
| where every computer user is a Windows user
| and banking or ecommerce or any secure
| transaction on the Internet with South
| Korean entities must be done with Internet
| Explorer on a Windows OS.
| [...]
| So when people ask you, âwhy is the choice
| of a web browser important?â tell them that
| in South Korea, people donât get a choice of
| what operating system to use or what web
| browser to use.  After you explain to them
| that a place without choice is South Korea,
| ask them again if theyâd like to not have a
| choice and why the choice of a web browser
| is important.


Mozilla warns of 'Microsoft monoculture' in South Korea


The World Wins South Korea for Firefox

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| And if you're wondering why it matters anyway that the South Koreans should
| be able to use Firefox and other "non-standard" browsers - don't you just
| love that description? - it's because the country's users have some of the
| fastest broadband connections in the world; that means that new applications
| based on such connectivity may well emerge there first, so it's important
| that open source be available and viable for all kinds of uses.

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