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IE6 users: no longer caught between a rock and a hard place

This problem generally means that many companies, unable or unwilling to upgrade their legacy applications, are forced into insecurity. Google, remember, suffered its Aurora attack via IE6.

Browsium’s new Browsium Ion, announced today, is aimed at solving this problem. It allows Microsoft IE6-dependent business applications to run in IE8 and IE9, without using the IE6 engine. In short, it allows legacy applications to make use of modern security. 

Browsium Ion builds on the first product, UniBrows. A key innovation is the Adaptive IE Quirks Profile, which intelligently chooses between IE Quirks Mode and IE7 Standards rendering. This and other new features eliminate all need for the IE6 engine, which in turn allows the company to upgrade to Windows 7; “while also,” adds Browsium’s Founder and CEO Matt Heller, “removing all of the confusion around Microsoft licensing policies on the use of the IE6 engine on Windows 7.”

Other features include the ability to run multiple versions of Java side-by-side in different Internet Explorer tabs, and granular control over the security settings. This, says the company, allows administrators “to customize settings per web application rather than for the browser as a whole... business web applications work as designed while Internet browsing is done in the safest way possible.” 

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