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Microsoft: No IE Patch For Windows XP
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Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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4/28/2014 | 4:13:25 PM
Re: Why does anyone use IE?
Exactly. A certain crowd has been saying for months that Windows XP's termination would be no big deal, and that people could basically continue using it. As I've written a few times before, I can understand why some customers feel annoyed that they're being pushed off a usable product. But I've also found the "keep using XP" advice to be at best quixotic, and at worst, irresponsible.

If you're an IT pro who knows how to lock down an XP machine, that's one thing. When people using XP on closed networks say they're not concerned, I believe them. But there are millions of people out there, right now, running both XP and Internet Explorer, without any real awareness of why that combination is a particularly bad thing. It's inevitable that some people who insist on using Windows XP are gonna get burned-- perhaps only a minority of users, but for that minority, the potential damage is pretty bad.

Recently, I spoke with some family friends. They're not tech savvy and had a computer with Windows XP. A friend of theirs who works as a freelance IT consultant told them not worry about it, which I found absolutely insane. These people are fairly affluent and have been targets of identity theft attempts in the past—not broad spectrum, impersonal attacks; the targeted, individual, "attackers know who you are" kind. They're also not very interested in changing their computing behavior. Their situation isn't everyone's-- but I think it's one where a new computer was clearly the best option. Incidentally, they bought a Windows 7 PC.

 
Emused
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Emused,
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4/28/2014 | 2:50:50 PM
Re: Why does anyone use IE?
Dude I hear ya, but ``ALLOT`` of cutsom business apps are built around using the blah blah .NET etc. etc.IT manager 15 years  Candadian ISP, M$ is locked in for a bit longer, until we bleed cash or data we live with IE


Micro$oftie
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4/28/2014 | 2:39:33 PM
Re: Why does anyone use IE?
With all the resources and drachmas M$ has at its disposal, it confounds me how IE ,( regardless of OS running on the system) still has this inherent sh&*that continues to happen.Been in business IT, twenty+ years now, same sh%* different pile.

Shame on you M$

Micro$oftie

 
Gary_EL
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4/28/2014 | 2:09:45 PM
Re: Why does anyone use IE?
I have a couple of decidedly non-technical friends who simply won't heed the warnings to get off XP. They think it's all hype to sell new computers and operating systems. Of course, it's only a matter of time until their machines get clobbered by some sort of malware. I wonder what they, and millions like them, will do once the inevitable happens?
anon3232123117
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4/28/2014 | 2:07:50 PM
Re: Why does anyone use IE?
Indeed. Why is anyone using IE. MS is so legacy.
Laurianne
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4/28/2014 | 1:55:56 PM
Re: Why does anyone use IE?
XP users who hang on because they are resistant to change will also resist changing browsers. Unofficial tech support consultants, your phones will ring this week.
KeithP234
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4/28/2014 | 1:48:16 PM
Why does anyone use IE?
Install Chrome / Firefox. Stop using IE. Done. Move on.
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