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Microsoft Donates Double for Upgrades From IE6

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.

  • tektek
    MS... doing good... i'm sorry.. i cant 'digest' this concept.. whats MS going to feed them? food on demo/trial discs for WIN7?
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  • Im going to download the equivalent of the cost for win 7, that way my purchase feeds people not ms lol
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  • joebob2000
    So $1.15 is eight meals? They should start a "Upgrade to Vista and feed 1865 people" campaign where they give all the proceeds for Vista licenses to food banks. It's not like Microsoft would miss it! Hell, why not give the vista license to them, too!
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  • mindless728
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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