Will Internet Explorer 6 finally die on August 31, 2009?

Author: seven June 4, 2009

We have been using very strange setups here at the office to test sites on Internet Explorer 6. Lot's of us still use Windows XP, and some of us still had default Internet Explorer 6 on our computers. When IE8 was released, we didn't upgrade immidiately so we could still test sites in default IE6 installations (lots of different fake/multi IE setups throw most bizzare errors, so testing under default IE installation was a must).

But couple of days ago we finally give in to the dark forces of Windows Auto update, and we upgraded to Internet Explorer 8.

The only correct way now for site testing under different Internet Explorer versions is by using virtual machine of some sort. Vmware is option, but you have to build your own virtual setup which can be a pain. However, Microsoft has been good enough to finally provide developers with Internet Explorer Application Compatibility VPC Images for their Virtual PC. You can download completely free, perfectly legal and working images of followign operating systems packed with IE's:

  • Windows XP SP3 with IE6,
  • Windows XP SP3 with IE7,
  • Windows XP SP3 with IE8,
  • Vista with IE7 and
  • Vista with IE8.

All XP images will expire on August 31, 2009, which is the end-of-life for good old Windows XP, and hopefully end-of-life of Internet Explorer 6. Hello Windows Seven! :) (Btw, I've tried RC1 of Windows Seven and it ROCKS, not only because of the name).

Author
seven
CEO/CTO at Nivas®
Neven Jacmenović has been passionately involved with computers since late 80s, the age of Atari and Commodore Amiga. As one of internet industry pioneers in Croatia, since 90s, he has been involved in making of many award winning, innovative and successful online project. He is experienced full stack web developer, analyst and system engineer. In his spare time, Neven is transforming retro-futuristic passion into various golang, Adobe Flash and JavaScript/WebGL projects.

    3 thoughts on “Will Internet Explorer 6 finally die on August 31, 2009?”

  • finally they named windows after you. you were trying for years. congrats. :D

    and no, IE6 will never die. it will be here for ever. like amiga. they will code demos for it… in 2039 you will see!

  • by the way you really need to take a look at:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9TT55hrz90

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