End of support for Windows 98 sparks IE 6 scare

Don't panic, says Microsoft, after a UK bank tells its customers that the software giant is about to end downloads of IE 6

The end of support for Windows 98 sparked alarm among users of a UK online bank on Friday after it issued a notice saying that Microsoft was about to stop downloads of Internet Explorer 6 (IE 6) from its Web site.

Microsoft has denied the claims, saying the bank had made a mistake.

In its email, the UK's FirstDirect, which is a division of the HSBC banking giant, said that from 30 June, 2003, Microsoft is removing the option to download Internet Explorer 6 for specific operating systems. "This means that anyone using Windows 98/98 Second Edition and Windows NT 4 will no longer have the option of downloading or upgrading to the latest Microsoft Internet browser online from this date," said the bank. "This will also apply to Windows Millennium edition, as of 31 December, 2003."

News source: ZDNet |UK|

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