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Microsoft Donates Double for Upgrades From IE6

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Microsoft will now donate the equivalent of sixteen meals to the poor every time someone upgrades from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 8.

A couple of months ago, Microsoft announced the Browser for the Better program in association with Feeding America. The deal was that everytime someone downloaded Internet Explorer 8 Microsoft would donate the financial equivalent of eight meals to Feeding America’s network of 206 local food banks.

However, in the hopes of having more people upgrade from IE6, Microsoft says it will donate double for upgrades from IE6 to IE8. Microsoft representative Kate Blackmore also told us that the company would be continuing the campaign throughout September, which is Hunger Action Month.

Microsoft stipulates in its press release that it will donate $1.15 for each download, which in actuality doesn't seem like a lot, but given the current financial climate and the stress its putting on a lot of families in America, we're of the opinion that 'every little helps.'

Click through to browserforthebetter.com and download IE8 from there. Just as a side note, it doesn't say anywhere that you have to keep/use IE8 once the download is complete so you can still be charitable even if you're not too keen on using IE8 as your browser of choice.

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    ssalim , September 1, 2009 3:11 PM
    I don't understand this hate from you guys. Someone (who cares who) is doing good in this world and you want to exploit, ruin or mock it. Are you seriously dead inside?
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    viometrix , September 1, 2009 3:17 PM
    ummm just download the browser.... you think 1.15 doesnt go far.... you are wrong, food banks get items in mega bulk....the pricing of the raw foods is greatly decreased.... and all you dumb fucks do is complain about it? its more than you are doing.... but if you stop complaining and download, then you are doing something....and i dont want to hear you dont like ie8, then dont use it...i didnt like being homeless for 2 years, but those food banks were there, and now i do every bit i can for them
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    mindless728 , September 1, 2009 2:50 PM
    hmm, if it counts for multiple computers at the same ip, lets make a script that downloads it over and over
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    mindless728 , September 1, 2009 2:50 PM
    hmm, if it counts for multiple computers at the same ip, lets make a script that downloads it over and over
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    zak_mckraken , September 1, 2009 3:04 PM
    mindless728hmm, if it counts for multiple computers at the same ip, lets make a script that downloads it over and over


    My thoughts exactly! Let's just download again and again and again!
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    ssalim , September 1, 2009 3:11 PM
    I don't understand this hate from you guys. Someone (who cares who) is doing good in this world and you want to exploit, ruin or mock it. Are you seriously dead inside?
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    doomtomb , September 1, 2009 3:11 PM
    This is dumb. Microsoft is giving away meals which is good but for people to upgrade their web browser? This should of been done a long time ago and it's not like they are donating meals for people recycling or turning off the lights or doing any good in the world.
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    viometrix , September 1, 2009 3:17 PM
    ummm just download the browser.... you think 1.15 doesnt go far.... you are wrong, food banks get items in mega bulk....the pricing of the raw foods is greatly decreased.... and all you dumb fucks do is complain about it? its more than you are doing.... but if you stop complaining and download, then you are doing something....and i dont want to hear you dont like ie8, then dont use it...i didnt like being homeless for 2 years, but those food banks were there, and now i do every bit i can for them
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    hellwig , September 1, 2009 3:24 PM
    I need to remember to download IE8 from this website. My computer has been marking IE8 as a "critical update" for weeks now and I've been ignoring it. I figure IE8 will eventually end up on my computer because of Automatic Updates, I might as well download it and feed 8 hungry people.

    That said, the only computers I use still running IE6 are at work, and they're only on IE6 cause IT is too afraid to allow people to upgrade, so I guess 16 people go hungry tonight.
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    trinix , September 1, 2009 3:33 PM
    ssalimI don't understand this hate from you guys. Someone (who cares who) is doing good in this world and you want to exploit, ruin or mock it. Are you seriously dead inside?


    We just want to make sure enough people get a few meals. And we want to laugh at M$ for forgetting to put duplicate prevention in their system. But if I download it 10x, I help 10x as many people, my connection can download it 10x without a problem, am I a bad person to want to help more people?
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    mcvf , September 1, 2009 3:36 PM
    Well I guess it is somehow limited and not only to IP ;-) There are too many IPs and too many people would like to see MS to pay "a lot" and would try basically DoS to make them bleed. I guess some registration might be needed there to pay that 1$ .. and honestly I am lazy to even try to click on that link to check that.
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    alikum , September 1, 2009 3:39 PM
    hellwigI need to remember to download IE8 from this website. My computer has been marking IE8 as a "critical update" for weeks now and I've been ignoring it. I figure IE8 will eventually end up on my computer because of Automatic Updates, I might as well download it and feed 8 hungry people.That said, the only computers I use still running IE6 are at work, and they're only on IE6 cause IT is too afraid to allow people to upgrade, so I guess 16 people go hungry tonight.

    That is precisely what Microsoft is doing, making an initiative to influence people who are reluctant to upgrade to do so. Many companies, big or small, do not have the right IT staff to do testing and upgrade, therefore stuck at IE6. Some others, much like the company that you're in, are afraid of change. IE6 is full of exploits and does not adhere to W3C standards. This is a good approach for MS to drop support for IE6 and at the same time, feed the poor. One stone hits two birds.
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    JohnnyLucky , September 1, 2009 4:00 PM
    Must be some sort of corporate tax advantage.
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    dextermat , September 1, 2009 4:09 PM
    this is bullshit man....

    I will donate 1 cent to the poor every time a stupid comment...

    Now wait a minute i might become poor so i wont
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2009 4:21 PM
    I downloaded the file, but didn't install it...
    I don't believe in forced charity. After my download, a message came thank you for feeding 8people or so,and I didn't even install the soft.
    I run firefox,and stay with that, but am happy my 10 seconds and 20MB of bandwidth could feed 8 people!
    What I do after that remains my business.
    Besides,I tried IE8 before, and it was so horrible,I uninstalled it that same afternoon!
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    scoob , September 1, 2009 4:26 PM
    Nice job MS, ive been using IE7 for the longest time so will they do it also from IE7 to IE8?
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    jhansonxi , September 1, 2009 4:33 PM
    Since the homeless can't afford computers to run Vista/Win7 I guess food is better than nothing.
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    pharge , September 1, 2009 4:50 PM
    Good that MS is trying to have marking strategy which are not just focus on money gaining only.
    However, considering the benifits MS will get from having us upgrade to IE8, $1.15 equals to nothing to MS... Unless I happen to need to upgrade to IE8... I will prefer to donate $2 to my local food bank.
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    fuser , September 1, 2009 4:55 PM
    I think the point is that Microsoft is trying to get users to replace IE6. They have been getting a lot of flack from the web dev community over IE6 standards problems.

    If you're on some other browser then don't worry about it.

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    sstym , September 1, 2009 4:55 PM
    In other news, each time you buy a PC, Steve Jobs kills a kitten.
    Think about the kittens. Buy a Mac.
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