If Microsoft expects to capitalize on the full opportunity that Windows 7 represents, then it should help foot the bill for enterprises to transition their Web apps built for Internet Explorer 6 to IE 8, according to a new report from analyst shop Gartner.
Gartner analysts are arguing that since businesses have sunk so much time and effort and expense into developing for IE 6, and Windows 7 only supports IE 8, that Microsoft would be well-advised to provide expanded assistance to help firms manage their transition, particularly with the cut-off date for Windows XP support looming. Datamation has the story.
Many recent studies and polls say the dam has broken — or is in the process of breaking — on deployments of Windows 7 in the enterprise.
However, many IT organizations are getting tripped up by the fact that they have masses of Web applications that were specifically written to run in Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), according to a recent Gartner report.