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Windows 7: Crufty apps force IE, Firefox into uneasy coexistence.

14 Jan 2010   #1

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Crufty apps force IE, Firefox into uneasy coexistence.

Slightly more than 80 percent of enterprise PCs run Internet Explorer during the workday, according to Devil Mountain Software's community-based (Xpnet). The service makes weekly snapshots of a wide range of system and application usage data from 21,000+ Windows PCs and servers that voluntarily run the company's metrics utility.
"The idea that IE will go away is farfetched," Craig Barth, the CTO at Devil Mountain, told IDG News Service. "People who say those kinds of things simply don't have a grasp on the internal organization of enterprises, or the bureaucracy of companies. Until enterprises flush out the internal applications that rely on IE, that use unsupported and undocumented layout commands, IE isn't going anywhere. And those dinosaur applications are almost impossible to get rid of."
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Crufty old apps force IE, Firefox into uneasy coexistence

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15 Jan 2010   #2

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I note the following from that article:
As legacy, IE6-centric apps continue to live on at many companies
This is Deja vu all over again. Sadly, history's lessons are being ignored, again.

It is important to note when Microsoft was developing XP, the massive user-base of computer users INSISTED XP support legacy software and hardware. This was because consumers and corporations did not want the expense of replacing obsolete (but fully functional - but INSECURE!) Win95/98 products, as they had to do when moving from DOS to Windows - with MS bashers and the biased media slamming MS in the process. MS listened to their customer base and weighed legacy support over security. This was not a huge problem at the time because high speed Internet to the home was not widely available. Most computers were either on a professionally maintained corporate network, or stand-alone machines at home. About the only way to get infected was by booting with an infected floppy disk inserted in the drive.

Everybody was happy until Cable and DSL took off, then the bad guys moved in. Of course Microsoft got slammed by the MS bashers and the same biased media for not paying attention to security.

Now flash forward almost 10 years and Microsoft weighs security over legacy support. MS bashers and biased media slam MS for forcing us to buy new hardware to support the new operating systems.

Now the Deja vu part is that companies and other consumers are once again, clinging to insecure applications and as such are security risks to themselves, and others. And yet, you can be sure MS will be blamed, even though the insecure IE6 was replaced 2 versions back and several years ago with the vastly more secure IE8, and Windows 7.

Come on people! If you are clinging on to legacy hardware and applications that only work with legacy, obsolete, insecure programs - get with the program and do your part to be secure.
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