Download IE8 and Feed the Poor

The company last week launched a program called “Browser for the Better” in association with Feeding America. Formerly known as Second Harvest, the Feeding America network provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States. The organization reports that more than 17 million children in the U.S. receive free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school, but with summer upon us and schools closing until September, those 17 million children will lose access to the programs for three months.

Microsoft’s Browser for the Better campaign (running through to August 8) will donate the financial equivalent of eight meals to Feeding America’s network of 206 local food banks for every completed download of Internet Explorer 8.

“Our customers have told us they want to have an impact in the lives of their friends and neighbors,” said Amy Barzdukas, senior director for Internet Explorer at Microsoft. “The Browser for the Better campaign is all about making it easy for people to make a real difference. Not only are they contributing to their community, they’re getting a more secure, modern browser designed for the way people browse the Internet today.”

So if you want to make a difference, you can download Internet Explorer and sleep soundly at night, knowing that you’ve bettered the lives of eight people with just the click of a button. Is anyone planning on downloading IE8 now that you know about the program? Really, we can’t see the harm in everyone downloading it and just not using it if you’re already married to Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Safari.

  • duckmanx88
    its such a jerk advertising move. but at least its going towards something positive. i downloaded it just for the kids MS. now back to chrome.
  • Shadow703793
  • ColMirage
    Cool. I'll help out!
  • Shadow703793
    Correction: Here is the correct link:
    (Got it from here: )
    Down rate my older comment.

    THIS IS NOT the same place as the normal IE8 Download place. It's different. Knowing Microsoft I would not be surprised if the money ONLY gets donated if you DL from that Browse for the Better site.
  • kewl munky
    I'm guessing you only have to just download it and not install it?
  • anamaniac
    Sorry, I'm married to FF.

    However, since my parents prefer IE, I gave them IE8 on their vista box, and I already have IE8 myself.

    If they see their server spammed with over 100 million download requests, will they fall through with it?
    Let's help hit a $1 billion chunk in M$. >:)
  • tenor77
    So does this feed the families of the workers they laid off?

    I kid, I kid.

    Helping the less fortunate is always a good idea.
  • JumpKickJoe
    i would d/l it for the cause i know whats it like to go hungry for days on end, but I will still use firefox FTW!
  • jerreece
    I guess I can see downloading IE8 just to let M$ feed some disadvantaged children. And, since IE is usually somewhat integrated into Windows, it's best to have the latest version plus all 100 updates to make sure you're safer from trojans and other viruses.

    Probably won't use it, as I'm pretty happy with FoxFire. ;)
  • hallic7
    Downloaded and instantly deleted... Viva Chrome!