A PETITION has been presented to 10 Downing Street calling for the outlawing of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6.
The petition was set up by Dan Frydman of web firm Inigo. It calls for the UK government to ban Internet Exploder 6 and move to a more modern web browser.
IE6 has known security flaws and uses outdated technology, and the fact it exists causes problems for software developers.
The Department of Health has advised the NHS to move away from the old browser but lots of other departments still use it.
Frydman said that creative and software development companies were forced by government department clients to build websites for IE6 when most of the industry has moved on.
However upgrading is seen as a big job for the government, which has tried to downplay the threat. Lord West of Spithead told the House of Lords that there was no evidence that moving from the latest fully patched version of Internet Explorer 6 to other browsers will make users more secure.
Microsoft has said that it will support the browser until 2014 but we like the idea of outlawing IE6. It would mean that lots of old geezers who refuse to upgrade their software applications would have to set up camp in Sherwood Forest. µ
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