The recent anti-IE6 campaigns started by several independent organizations and websites alike has gained a new momentum when another major corporation extended their support for the cause. Who else but Microsoft themselves. Not a surprising turn of events actually. Even Microsoft wants to see IE6 go away and they are trying hard to get users upgrade to the new Internet Explorer 8. But they also realize that it’s a tough battle against enterprises where IE6 is often hopelessly tied down with the entire system making upgrade immensely costly or even impossible at times.
Their latest venture is “Browser for the Better”, a website where Microsoft promises that they will donate 8 meals for every Internet Explorer 8 download, and 16 meals for every Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8 upgrade.
Only complete downloads of Internet Explorer 8 through the site from June 8, 2009 through September 30, 2009 qualify for the charitable donation to Feeding America. Microsoft is donating at least $1.15 per download, with a maximum of $2.30 per download by users of Windows Internet Explorer 6 after August 24, 2009, to Feeding America up to a maximum of $1,000,000. Meals are used for illustrative purposes only. Meal conversion is effective until June 30th, 2010.
A really commendable move by Microsoft.