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Thursday, November 4, 2010

UniBrows brings IE6 compatibility to IE8


A coalition of ex-Microsoft employees and partners called Browsium are trying to drag enterprise into the modern web with a new add-on for Internet Explorer 8 that allows companies to run IE6 in a tab.

If you think this sounds like IETab for Firefox, you’re right. The plug-in is called Unibrows, and it’s meant to help companies deal with the problem of upgrading their operating systems and computers while maintaining compatibility with their existing web applications.

“Companies need something simple that isn’t virtualization based,” Browsium CEO Matt Heller told ComputerWorld. “UniBrows renders IE6 inside an IE8 tab without companies’ having to change a single line of code in the sites or Web applications.”

According to Matt Heller, UniBrows has all the functionality — if that’s what you would choose to call it — as IE6, including the same ActiveX controls support and JavaScript functionality. Unlike virtualization tools, it’s also amazingly lightweight: UniBros only takes up 10MB of memory when it’s running.

This seems like a great approach. Companies desperately need to upgrade out of XP for security reasons, but oftentimes, they are prevented from doing so by reliance upon web apps or intranets that require IE6 to function. Since these web apps can be incredibly expensive to upgrade, and since no one wants to risk a critical system falling over, no one ever upgrades. UniBrows gets around that, and at a cheap price: just $5 per user.

My only questions is this: UniBrows is such a great idea, so why doesn’t Microsoft make it a feature of IE9? They want enterprise customers off of XP as much as anyone, and since IE6 is a big part of what’s holding corporations back, why not make it a bit easier for them?

42 comments:

Buff Drinklots said...

Intavesting even though I use firefox.

Charles Mockingbird said...

really well written man. And I agree.

Sikori said...

nice! my friend was telling me about how his work can't do certain things less they were using ie6

The Informant said...

At the end of the day, I still use FireFox and Chrome

Johnny Boy said...

Really good read that's for sure. Good to see them making an effort.

Tila said...

Very nice review.

Home Alone Stoned said...

fancy stuff

Gansita said...

Good information, man. We're in touch =)

Drackar said...

It's a storm drain tunnel, as I said. And there were no filters used. It's all out of the camera.

HondaX said...

interesting post man...

Unlogic said...

nice thing ! :D will download !

Ken said...

Nice info.. I use Firefox though :P

HondaX said...

nice review but chrome is chrome

jinx said...

I'm gonna stick to FF :D

Blair said...

why does anybody care about these old browsers?

RoodNverse said...

it only takes a second to download firefox :P , but ya microsoft should do something like that...

njohnfixes said...

The makers of IETab should sue.

Zoy said...

Nice try Microsoft, but Firefox still reigns supreme.

Thanks for the info!

kokojesta said...

it seems im one the firefox users who wont realy benefit from this

The Square Circle said...

internet explorer? where did this come from?

Mark said...

Why do people still use IE? It makes me rage...

Nostalgist said...

using FF all the way

iRetiv said...

more compatibility is great

Mr. Bloggity said...

cool stuff!

Erroneous Maximus said...

HAHA I love the name!! Unibrows! ^^

About Insurance said...

I need this for IE9 though

Fuuuuuuuu said...

thanks for sharing this!

Swift Love said...

good stuff! XD

Green_Magix said...

This is great news! I will probably still stick to my current browser though!

CrispyPeanutButter said...

Meh, I think I'll just continue on with firefox

MacPCharmony said...

I'm starting to like chrome better and better, especially when it comes to blogging

amidoinitrite? said...

hehe, nice!

SpringyB said...

Is good that they listen to feedback, but I think firefox will still be better.

Dan said...

That is pretty smart. Should just switch over to Konqueror though!

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said...

Who uses IE anyway?

ModerneFusion said...

Chrome for the win :)

johanathan biggles said...

Have never been a fan of ie.

Digger said...

mac user here... it's still a good idea for sure

kokojesta said...

a fine interest in ie you have there

Gansita said...

I like it, think it's a good idea, man =)

Nailgun said...

Chrome for life

Astra said...

i use chrome

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