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posted by mrpg on Tuesday June 21, @09:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the big-trouble-in-little-Japan dept.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Technology/Internet-Explorer-shutdown-to-cause-Japan-headaches-for-months

Microsoft bids farewell to Internet Explorer on Thursday, stirring a sense of panic among many businesses and government agencies in Japan that waited to update their websites until the last minute.

Since April, Tokyo-based software developer Computer Engineering & Consulting has been inundated with requests for help.

[...] "They have known [about the phaseout] for a long time, but they must have postponed taking actions," said a CEC official, who expects the chaos among the procrastinated customers to last for "a few months."

[...] They said the browser was used for employee attendance management, expenses settlement and other internal tools. In some cases, they have no choice but to use Internet Explorer because of clients' systems used to handle orders. Over 20% of these respondents did not know or had not figured out how to transition to other browsers after Internet Explorer's retirement.

Government agencies are particularly slow to respond. The portal site for information on government procurement and bidding will switch its recommended browsers to Microsoft's new Edge and Google Chrome on Thursday. But for Japan Pension Service, notices concerning online applications must be viewed in Edge's Internet Explorer mode. The website of a government-backed mutual aid corporation for private schools still listed Internet Explorer as its only recommended browser.

Also:

Internet Explorer gravestone goes viral in South Korea


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @10:44PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 21, @10:44PM (#1255097)

    They should ask Microsoft for help. It's highly likely they have some way to force big sites like that into IE mode.

    You can *totally* ask Microsoft for help with that stuff.

    They have a whole team who exists to support legacy shit at extortionate prices for people who are too stupid to upgrade or plan ahead.

    I mean...a different team than the entirety of Microsoft who exist to support shit software at extortionate prices for developers who are too stupid to develop under Linux because they drank the Microsoft Koolaid years ago.

    I'm sure I'll get flamebaited down for that comment, but I used to work for a guy who quite literally told me "Microsoft technologies built this company and gave you a job, we're not using open source software".

    That was three years before I put him out of business for being cheaper, faster, and better. He was in the middle of writing a huge .NET application to help automate all his customer sites. I just deployed SaltStack and Ansible and walked away.

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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday June 22, @12:48AM (1 child)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 22, @12:48AM (#1255148) Journal

    Yup: people think MS is God, then complain incessantly about how their arses hurt from the pounding they keep taking.

    They never stop to think (which i, thankfully did, in 1999) that there might be something better. They just keep drinking the Kool-aid and bending over for more.

    Sad.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @09:55AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @09:55AM (#1255305)

      Their chosen god demands sacrifices. Isn't that expected?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @01:28PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @01:28PM (#1255342)

    The FastTrack program, the people that help enterprises (commercial accounts with more than 250 seats) transition from IE to IE mode in Edge is free.

    I'm sorry your old boss was a shortsighted a-hole. Microsoft used to have one of those. He threw chairs and broke iPhones. He and his predecessor had blind spots that made them not see the possibilities of open source. That cost the company billions, and the company is better without them.