Microsoft Planning IE 6 UK Migration Roadshow

Microsoft has announced that it will run a number of roadshows across the UK in a bid to convince IT Professionals to migrate from the antiquated and obsolete IE6 browser to something else, preferably IE9 or IE10.

Four dates have been scheduled already and, intriguingly, two of these are on football grounds and include Stadium tours at Old Trafford (home to Manchester United) and Reading FC's Madejski Stadium.

These will take place on the 21st of February, 22nd of March, 3rd and 19th of April in collaboration with a few partners including Quest software, Citrix Systems and Camwood.

IE6 was originally paired with Windows XP - whose support period officially ends on the 8th of April 2014 - but somehow managed to outlive the OS, or live on computers that still use Windows XP for legacy applications.

A Technet Blog post mentions that the roadshows will look at "issues that many people come across when migrating their systems to a new browser", while exploring compatibility issues and how to solve these.

You can find more about the events, the dates and locations here.

IE6 is a thorn in the side of Microsoft since it prevents the rolling out of more advanced technologies like HTML5, and adds to the belief that Microsoft's IE is generally insecure.