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If you have ever designed a website one thing is for certain, YOU HATE IE6. It usually takes more time to make a website IE6 compliant then it does to design the site itself.


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Well, it looks like the guys over at Microsoft ignored their own browser when it came to design. As you can see the new “Bing” search is hovering over the main navigation. Mom’s around the world are freaking out because they can’t click on their Hotmail.

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Ie 8

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MSN – screw up gallery

  45 Responses to “Even MSN.com isn’t IE6 compliant”

  1. great post.
    yeap i usually spend quite a great deal of time trying to fix issues in IE6.
    the sooner IE6 dead and gone, the better.
    love IE8 though.

  2. Actually, msn.com works fine in IE6. I just checked.

  3. so basically, they are fucking everyone with XP who hasn’t upgraded to Firefox or changed (I’m not gonna say upgraded) to IE7 or 8. niiiiiice move, microsoft

  4. This is why I hate MSN and most microsoft internet based sites and browsers. It’s not even the fact that they make mistakes, it’s just web wise, they aren’t very good at design ha.

    go firefox!

  5. Who cares? ;-) Michael Jackson just died!

  6. popurls.com // popular today…

    story has entered the popular today section on popurls.com…

  7. Oh look, a fanboy looking to start a flamewar.

    IE6 is outdated. If this was in IE8, you may have had something.

  8. And why would anybody still want to use IE6?
    Are they running Windows 3.1 for Workgroups?

  9. Actually, msn.com works fine in IE6. I just checked.

  10. Yeah.. MSN works fine in IE 6..

  11. For everyone who hates IE6 you’ll be glad to know that after July 2010 Microsoft will stop deploying security updates. Hopefully this will mean all those IE6 users (most corporate intranets) will be forced to upgrade…. lets hope

  12. Awesome. A good reason to ditch IEs :-)

  13. I had noticed this a while back. But, I was viewing it in IE6 through VMware and with multiple IE (6, 7, and 8 installed on the same virtual machine). With multiple IE, IE6 won’t see the IE6 specific css hacks, so the site appears to be broken. But, if you check it out on windows in a true version of IE6 you’ll see that they’ve written css hacks to fix the search bar. And yes, I hate IE6 :)

  14. I highly doubt that MS would simply *overlook* the ~15-20% of people still using IE6. Yes, MS has their head up their ass, but not that far.

    More likely, this is their attempt at getting people with IE6 to upgrade, and if so deserves some applause given the marketing investment in Bing.

  15. Terrible post.

    1. There is no image that relates to the article.
    2. Is it affecting only bing.com or msn.com too?

  16. The section showing us trying to get IE to work is WAY TOO SMALL!

    Double it, no triple it.

  17. I hate IE6 , many times i spent a lot of time fixing IE6 bugs

  18. IE 6 is absolutely the biggest pain in the bud. Im recently working with a client who is working with IE6+CSS & JS disabled.
    What happen next? I have to abandon everything has been bone to work with table and gif, not to mention Jquery and Ajax.
    Unbelievable, what a bunch of dinosaurs they are.
    What’s event more ridiculous is their IT person. He told me if the site doesn’t work on their browser, it won’t work on most other browsers. How did he still have a job?

  19. good one.

  20. Garfield135: IE 6 came out 8 years ago, before FireFox existed, and at the same time as Netscape 6 and Mozilla 0.9.

    It’s insecure, legacy technology, and using it is actually an irresponsible choice that encourages the spread of malware and holds innovation back (because web programmers have to cater to the lowest common denominator). This effects everyone on the internet, no matter what browser they use.

    If you really know what you’re doing you can set it up in a secure way (sandboxed, locked down or whatever), but there’s no reason Microsoft or any other company should hamstring everyone for the benefit of those who won’t upgrade anymore than they should do the same thing for Netscape 4.0 users, or Mosaic users.

    If you choose to use legacy technology, you accept that some things probably won’t work with it — you don’t demand that the world bend over backwards to accommodate your non-convention choice.

    I don’t mean this to be hostile — I enjoy bashing M$ as much as anyone, but in this case it seems a little over the top :-) .

  21. Garfield135: IE 6 came out 8 years ago, before FireFox existed, and at the same time as Netscape 6 and Mozilla 0.9.

    It’s insecure, legacy technology, and using it is actually an irresponsible choice that encourages the spread of malware and holds innovation back (because web programmers have to cater to the lowest common denominator). This effects everyone on the internet, no matter what browser they use.

    If you really know what you’re doing you can set it up in a secure way (sandboxed, locked down or whatever), but there’s no reason Microsoft or any other company should hamstring everyone for the benefit of those who won’t upgrade anymore than they should do the same thing for Netscape 4.0 users, or Mosaic users.

    If you choose to use legacy technology, you accept that some things probably won’t work with it — you don’t demand that the world bend over backwards to accommodate your non-conventional choice.

    I don’t mean this to be hostile — I enjoy bashing M$ as much as anyone, but in this case it seems a little over the top :-) .

  22. Who designs for IE6 anymore? Jeez-louise, move on already, we’re at freaking IE8.

    Don’t we have enough headaches without having to spend one single daub of energy on IE6? I say too bad to the morons still using IE6 – it’s their problem now. :D

  23. oh! sweet sweet revenge! ;) ) death to IE6!

  24. A lot of Higher Education establishments are stuck with IE6, due to previous IT mismanagement forcing the use of outdated technology by purchasing software on the cheap (upwards of £10,000 cheap) then spending thousands of pounds and man hours having to work round the obstacle.

    Having been told more than once that our university cannot upgrade to IE7(!) until we move to Windows 7 (due to the sheer amount of software that refuses to run on anything else and completely ignoring the fact there’s an even newer version bundled that OS), I’ve taken to spreading the word of Firefox and risking disciplinary action.

    Some of us have our hands forced, especially in big, old companies that are trying to claw their way out of the mistakes of their previous managers.

  25. @Anne

    People build website for IE6 because people still use it, a lot of people. If you want a site to generate money you don’t exclude people, that’s just counter productive to PROFIT!

  26. [...] Even MSN.com isn’t IE6 compliant! [...]

  27. @Jeff: we get 3 million page views a month & ditched IE6 support a few months back – for IE6 users, our entire site appears in black & white except for a red “upgrade your browser bar” at the top. Interestingly, it had no noticeable effect on revenue, just a complaint here & there.

  28. i don’t like ie browser.

  29. we shouldn’t support IE6 not only because it’s an idiot browser but Microsoft stopped supporting it which means a lot of security issues are facing users when they use it!

    Thanks,
    Mohammed

  30. Well, one reason some people are using IE6 is because IE7/IE8 will not run on Windows 2000. Why is someone still using W2K, you ask? Cost and speed, plain and simple. W2K runs SO MUCH FASTER than XP or Vista (given the same system specs), has a much smaller memory footprint, and is rock-solid stable. For example, for me to upgrade to Vista, I would need a new, comparable system ($2000+) plus upgrades on several, expensive applications ($3000+). AND, there’s the “fixing and tweaking” period — which robs time and productivity for weeks on end (or more). Not gonna happen, not for a long time.

    So, for some people, there is no positive incentive to upgrade their system simply because IE6 is no longer supported.

    Good thing FireFox 3+ supports W2K.

  31. IE6 is terrible… yet so many people refuse to let it die!

  32. ?????????! ??? ?? ??????, ?????? ???? ????! :)

  33. IE6 is like an illness that just won’t go away.

  34. Great chart, I hate IE6! Meh.

  35. Excellent Chart.. I use firefox.

  36. I use Bing and Google whenever i want to find something on the internet. I think that both search engines are very good. :

  37. Internet Explorer 8 is very good because it is as stable as Opera. I hate the previous versions of IE like IE6 because it hangs frequently. “

  38. It is interesting to compare the performance of Bing and Google search but i haven’t seen any difference at all in their performance. :

  39. Internet Explorer 8 have been my most used browser this year, it is definitely stable and fast loading too. ,,

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