Microsoft has been trying to get people to stop using Internet Explorer 6 as their main web browser for a while now. Earlier this month, it announced that the percentage of IE6 users here in the US had dropped down to less than one percent. But there are still a number of businesses, especially overseas, that are still using applications that have to run on IE6 because they are also using Windows XP as their operating system.
This week, Browsium, a company formed in 2010 by former Microsoft IE team members, announced a new product called Browsium Ion that's designed to help business with this kind of situation. In short, Browsium Ion allows businesses who have applications that are based on IE6 and IE7 to run in IE8 for Windows XP and IE9 in Windows 7. This transition software should help ease any upgrade plans to Windows 7 and IE9 for businesses that have legacy programs that were dependent on IE6.
Businesses can download a free 60 day evaluation copy of Browsium Ion but final pricing depends on the number of PCs that the organization has for the program.
Microsoft has already announced that it plans to automatically update older versions of IE sometime later in 2012.