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FYI: "Microsoft to secure IE for XP only"

by John Robie / September 23, 2004 5:25 AM PDT

"Microsoft is eyeing the nearly half of the world's 390 million Windows users who have opted to stick with operating systems older than XP, including Windows versions 2000, ME, 98 and 95."

"Of Microsoft's approximately 390 million operating system installations around the world, Windows XP Pro constitutes 26.1 percent, Windows XP Home 24.7 percent, IDC said.
The remaining 49.2 percent is composed of Windows 2000 Professional (17.5 percent), Windows 98 (14.9 percent), Windows ME (6.5 percent), Windows 95 (5.4 percent), and Windows NT Workstation (4.9 percent)."

"That 49.2 percent of Windows users are left out in the cold when it comes to significant updates to IE and other software."

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Just MO John...
by radean / September 23, 2004 9:00 AM PDT

Think WIN95 is lacking in so many respects, that it really should be dumped and upgrade, if possible, by the people who use it. My daughter has it on an old Compaq, and still serves well to get online, and do email, plus light letter writing and such.

WINME, well, hate to anger anyone, but should never have been released in the first place, JMO.

WIN98SE, IMO, is a pretty solid system. Never had problems with it. Hope MS will reconsider, or grant an extension for updates.

WIN2000, never used it, but my wife does at her workplace. Expect many people do, but I can offer no comments.

To sum up, MS is in the business of selling OS's, and don't know how they really could support all software dating back to WIN95.
I'm not exactly an MS fan here, but hope you get my drift. Update, or suffer the consequences. Keep you older system, and hope for the best.

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Easy Answer...Use Another Secure Browser !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 23, 2004 11:57 AM PDT

On all operating systems, except when visiting Windows Updates or other Microsoft sites, it's just as easy to download one of the free browsers that are already secure and use them instead.

I don't see it as much of a "threat" from Microsoft. When 'push comes to shove', even though I like "hamburger", I will chose to eat "steak" when forced to do so.

Hope this helps.


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Re: Easy Answer...Use Another Secure Browser !
by CharleyO / September 23, 2004 4:44 PM PDT


Actually, some off them are only a little safer ... if at all. Read here:


As I've stated in other posts here, the other browsers will only be safer as long as they are less popular. Once they become more popular, the hackers will go after those also. Only then is it worth their time to do so.


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Worth their time
by William Randall / September 24, 2004 1:26 AM PDT

That is a good one. They should be DOING time.

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CharleyO, There's A Difference
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 24, 2004 6:14 AM PDT

The browsers you have listed in your link still continue to patch their product. Apparently Microsoft isn't doing that for IE product on older operating systems.

Only time will tell.


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Re: Easy Answer...Use Another Secure Browser !
by glenn30 / September 23, 2004 11:13 PM PDT

But Grif, what do vegetarians do? Grin


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(NT) (NT) Vege- Lasagne ? ;-))
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 24, 2004 5:59 AM PDT
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