The British government has nixed a call to dump Microsoft’s IE6, saying that “it’s saving taxpayers’ money by staying with the nine-year-old browser.” Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) officially responded to a citizen petition that urged it to “encourage government departments to upgrade away from IE6” because the aged browser is vulnerable to attack and requires Web developers to specially craft sites.
The petition was added to government’s online petition site in Feb’10 by Dan Frydman, md of Inigo Media, an Edinburgh, Scotland-based Web design firm.
IE6 won’t be dropped, the government said, “Complex software will always have vulnerabilities and motivated adversaries will always work to discover and take advantage of them,” the government said. “There’s no evidence that upgrading away from latest fully-patched versions of IE to other browsers will make users more secure. Regular software patching and updating will help defend against latest threats.”