Really stupid business strategy: keep IE6 to make it difficult to access social networks

For quite some time, many have been fighting – including Microsoft, even if they jumped on the bandwagon a little late – so that Internet Explorer 6, this archaic web browser, disappears once and for all from the network of networks . The reasons for doing this are numerous and well known, but it turns out that we have just discovered that one of these reasons, that the browser is incompatible with certain websites, this is precisely why some companies keep it.

According to Microsoft Australia's security consultant, Stuart Strathdeedetected that some companies continue to use Internet Explorer 6 because many social networks and other sites that they consider unnecessary for work issues do not work properly in the browser or do not load directly (for example, YouTube or Facebook who announced some time ago that they are returning to IE6).

By avoiding change, these companies « kill two birds with one stone », on the one hand they achieve what they are proposing – that their employees cannot consume certain sites that they consider inappropriate – and on the other hand they achieve this without having to spend time and money installing specific filters or implementing new Internet usage policies within the company.

I truly believe we are facing the most absurd business strategy of all time. I don't know how many companies do this, but there are a few things they should know. The first and most important is that Internet Explorer 6 maintenance can cause serious security issues, the second is that smart employees will end up finding alternatives to access prohibited sites, and finally there are several studies which show that allowing company employees to access this type of sites is more productive than the reverse . I hope there aren't many companies doing this, for their sake and everyone's sake.

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Via: Bitelia | Image: IE6 Funeral

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