blog iTNews has published an excellent article today detailing how almost all of Westpac’s staff are still running Internet Explorer 6, and, presumably, Windows XP). The publication reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“Westpac staff have been left running outdated operating systems and browsers after the bank indefinitely postponed a $20 million technology refresh project aimed at delivering a consistent desktop experience across the group.”
We’d ask what gives, given that XP first came out in 2001, and even Microsoft itself has set a global countdown watch on the long-lived version 6 of its browser. But the sad truth is that many major financial services organisations and government departments in Australia are still running both. NAB only upgraded to Windows XP from NT (yes, I said NT) in 2008, while CommBank still runs Windows XP (on its MacBook Air fleet, no less) and the Department of Defence only recently upgraded to IE7. Disclosure: Delimiter runs predominantly on Chrome, with the odd Firefox flirtation.