Microsoft accelerating IE6 to IE8 upgrade with donations

Microsoft's Browser for the Better program is a very generous one; with every copy of Internet Explorer 8 that is downloaded from the site, the company will donate 8 meals to the Feeding America charity. They don't want the giving to end here, though. Microsoft has now added a new form of incentive to the program, stating that they will offer double the amount of donated meals for every time somebody upgrades from IE6 to IE8.

The initial amount of meals that was to be donated was 8 (well, at least $1.15, the reported equivalent), so that means the charity will get 16 free meals for every time a person upgrades. This certainly is an offer than everybody can benefit from. Feeding America will get free donations, which is obviously always a good thing, and Microsoft will be rid of the hassle of dealing with much older software versions, whilst increasing their Internet Explorer 8 market share. Lastly, this is great for web developers; IE6 is a thorn in the side of those wishing to create websites, so with less people using it, it will allow them to sleep a bit easier at night.

If you'd like to help out with this, head to the download page on the Browser for the Better site and help out a few Americans. Keep in mind that the maximum amount donated is US$1,000,000, and that the deadline has been extended from August 8 to September 30.

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