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UK Government Browser Modernisation Attitude Fail

Tetch (534754) writes | about 4 years ago

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Tetch (534754) writes "The UK Government has now responded to the e-petition calling on it to upgrade its web services so as to enable staff and citizens to use a better browser than Internet Explorer 6.

Unfortunately the response leaves a lot to be desired — here's a precis :

"In response to the concerns of many people regarding the security of Internet Explorer 6 and the use of this software by Government Departments the Cabinet Office can confirm that the Government takes internet security very seriously.
....
It is not straightforward for HMG departments to upgrade IE versions on their systems. Upgrading these systems to IE8 can be a very large operation, taking weeks to test and roll out to all users. To test all the web applications currently used by HMG departments can take months at significant potential cost to the taxpayer. It is therefore more cost effective in many cases to continue to use IE6 and rely on other measures, such as firewalls and malware scanning software, to further protect public sector internet users."


Sounds more like MBA spin than a professional and responsible attitude .. sigh"

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Upgrade time? (1)

jc42 (318812) | about 4 years ago | (#33086402)

It is not straightforward for HMG departments to upgrade IE versions on their systems.

Maybe not, but how many seconds does it take to upgrade to the latest firefox?

I did a test on a nearby system, and from hitting the "Download Now -Free" button at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html [mozilla.com] to having the FF window appear was under a minute. I suppose this will vary a lot, though, depending on the slowest link in the path between you and mozilla.com. From here, the ping time is about 98 ms; it's probably longer in the UK. They could also get Opera a few seconds sooner than Firefox, since it would only be coming from across the North Sea.

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