Virtualisation-focused distributor CDG has been enlisted by US-based Browsium to help market its Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) compatibility tool, UniBrows, in the UK.
The company was founded last year and is staffed by several former Microsoft employees who previously worked on the development of IE6, 7 and 8.
The product allows end users to run IE6-dependent line-of-business applications in later versions of the browser and on Windows 7 PCs.
This means end users that have held on to Windows XP in order to keep IE6 can now proceed with upgrading to Windows 7, the company claims.
Earlier this week, the firm estimated that 10-20 per cent of IE6-compatible line-of-business applications do not work with later versions of the browser.
Gary Schare, president of Browsium, said IE6 compatibility issues are proving a major sticking point for Windows 7 migrations in the UK.
"This problem is particularly acute in the UK where enterprises readily adopted what is now the legacy Windows XP and IE6 platform that Microsoft pushed so hard a decade ago," he explained.
"Demand from banks and the government is particularly strong, but the problem crosses every industry in the UK, as it does in the US and around the world."
Oren Taylor, a director at CDG, said: "Browsium addresses the issue of IE6 dependency head on, providing a very simple way to keep web services available throughout IT transformation and beyond. It also gives customers the ability to centrally manage their web app environments."
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