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Microsoft® launches ie6countdown website

Microsoft has launched the website,, to encourage users of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) to upgrade to the latest version of the web browser. With the announcement by Microsoft of planning to do away with IE6 and the launch of a countdown for the old version of the browser, Internet Explorer 9 will have better positioning.

internet Explorer 6 is a very popular browser in China, South Korea, India and Taiwan. This browser has very marginal usage in US. Even the introduction of the new and powerful IE8 and IE9, have not been able to restrict the growth of competitive Google Chrome and Apple Safari. The IE6 has been and continues to be a stronghold in business environments, and upgradation of web based applications, built around the IE6 as also, Intranets designed around the IE6, can be quite difficult and cumbersome. Even though the IE6 has had various security issues, forcing people to move to the IE7, the population of IE6 usage is still quite large.

With Microsoft announcing practical closure of Windows XP by 2014, the IE6, which was originally launched with Windows XP, will become obsolete. It is but natural that the IE6 warnings start well in advance. Over a year ago there was already a large hype announcing the closure of IE6. Today, after over a year, the IE6 browser still has a large presence. The ten year old browser needs to go. As of today, with over 12 percent users globally, it does not make sense terminating support.

With this campaign of IE6 death watch, when the user base reduces to 1/2 or 1 percent, ending total support is feasible. Various websites, including Microsoft’s own website, have put up various tools, guidelines, codes, and support information, to help web developers systematically close their IE6 developments, and migrate to newer browsers. This advanced information and benefits of moving to a better browser resources, will definitely help industry move to the next platform in a structured manner. Various organizations have taken steps to eliminate the IE6 and move to IE8 and IE9.

Microsoft® Urges Users to Say Goodbye to Internet Explorer® 6

Microsoft has launched a website to educate people about the fact that Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) has become obsolete. Microsoft is all set to say good bye to its loved and long lived browser Internet Explorer 6. Internet Explorer 6 was released in August 2001 and has a market share of 12% as reported by the media groups across the globe. Now Microsoft wants to lower the share of it to 1 percent.

If talking about the country wise users of the Internet Explorer 6, there are 34.5 percent users in China which makes it a big player in the market. It is all about the revolution which has come in handy whenever there a new technology is introduced in the market. It is the way by which the older one is treated and the new player is welcomed all the way. It is really great thing for the new entrant. It is reported that U.S.A. has only 2.9 percent users of Internet Explorer 6. The main aim of the new website launched is to make people aware around the world. It is just like educating the people about the benefits of Internet Explorer 9. The new version, that is IE9, has been launched. With the new and advanced versions of Internet Explorer 9, it has crossed the download limit of the application to a large amount of 36 million so far.

With the launch of the website it is believed that company is all set to upgrade the previous versions of internet Explorer very soon.

How to Manage Cookies and privacy settings in Internet Explorer 6

A cookie is a small piece of text file that is created by Web sites and saved in client computers that stores information about users and user preferences. The configurations and privacy settings in Internet Explorer 6 however can be set according to a user preferred level by clicking the Tools menu, Internet Options and then the Privacy tab.

An administrator can specify custom privacy settings for users with less system privileges or even remove the Privacy tab altogether from the interface in the Internet Options dialog box. Administrator must be contacted if the Privacy tab is not available in internet options.

Commercial Use of Cookies

Commercial Web servers often use cookies to follow behaviors and profiles of individual users to build on that. Therefore it is recommended that cookies be disabled in browsers. Unfortunately, many websites will not be rendered correctly because the developers and site owners don’t want to lose the opportunities for profiling their users. The Internet Explorer 6.0 however provides more useful settings to manage cookies. But the potential for growth is high with regard to privacy settings and options, even on later versions of internet Explorer.

For a simple data-configuration, there is the possibility of privacy settings to be imported as a file into the browser. There are various levels of settings that can be fed into the browser and extreme care has to be taken because a poorly written data configuration file means ineffective privacy settings which ultimately can lead to many security issues. The Internet Explorer 6 compatible data configuration file is normally written in XML, thus are easy to understand.

Lack of Cookie Handling Options

In Internet Explorer 6.0, the decision to accept a cookie depends on how the providers want to deal with the data retrieved. It is in fact a machine-readable privacy policy (read by P3P standard) of the provider, and compared with the preferences of the user. Unfortunately, the user’s preferences in Internet Explorer are set in merely six levels. There is only ‘Accept all Cookies’, ‘Reject all cookies’ and four levels in between.

One might assume that at least at the “high security” level, it would make cookies from advertising companies struggle. But this is not the case.In fact cookies are one of the most famous agents accepted without an issue even at the level of “high security”. It is so crucial to assess whether the provider retrieves personal yet sensitive data, like name, address, etc. via cookies. Advertisers claim against it, they say the data is stored in the cookie and never transferred elsewhere and the site just compares the last visited information and settings to display the pages accordingly. This makes perfect sense though, as the sites recognize the users and their settings at their next visit.

Problems in handling cookies are not specific to Internet Explorer 6, but almost all of the browsers lack comprehensive and transparent cookie handling options that enable the users for a pin-point configuration with regard to cookies and privacy settings.

How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 6

Cookies are information in text format that can be encrypted while transferring information over the internet. You might have encountered many alerts and errors with the cookie word being included in the statement. Cookies are not able to execute therefore there is no chance that cookies contain and replicate viruses. Still cookies management is an issue that you might need to do while surfing through the Internet in your browser. Managing cookies in Internet Explorer 6 is an easy job in itself. This would enable you to revise all the privacy settings that your browser would communicate to the internet world to save your computer from foreign invasions primarily.


The cookies management can be done through the Internet options in your internet browser. Click Internet Options within your Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 to move into the options. Move to the privacy tabs on the top of the options window. You would come up with the privacy settings slider afterwards that you can use to manage with your cookies. Blocking all cookies would get you to the highest level of security implied on your system. This would block cookies from all around the World Wide Web that create and communicate cookies with your system. In addition, all the websites that already have cookies on your system might not be able to access them.

Setting your cookies to high privacy would only allow cookies from sources that are verified and the cookies follow the compact privacy policy that is being set by the World Wide Web consortium. Cookies that show your identity on the internet are blocked in this option making your experience secure and protected over on the internet and avoiding any type of issue that might come up through the internet world.


The Medium High cookies management is the option that blocks third party cookies that do not meet the privacy policies under the World Wide Web consortium. It also blocks the first party cookies as well that do not meet the privacy policies and are vulnerable to set your identity exposed on the internet world. Both the first and third party cookies being blocked ensure a safe browsing experience.

Medium cookies management is the default setting in the Internet Explorer. Here, the third party cookies that do not meet the privacy policy are blocked while the first party cookies are not even when they set your information carried to the internet world. Such first party cookies not meeting the privacy policy are deleted as soon as you exit Internet Explorer 6. The first party cookies are open to the first party tools only.

In the low management of cookies in internet explorer, the first party cookies are restricted to be used in the first party context only as in the medium cookies management while the third party cookies are allowed irrespective of the following of privacy policies or not.

The last level is to set your level to allow all the cookies from the internet world. This would result in the saving of all the cookies that are being communicated to your system from the internet world. Once you are done with this, press Apply in the lower section of the Internet Options window and press OK. But make sure that you make the choice in order to make your browsing a manageable experience.

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