If you’re still running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) within your school, instead of being on a later version, then you’re probably doing it for a very good reason – especially as many websites are reducing or removing support for IE6 (for example Google and YouTube both dropped IE6 support this year). And the good reason is that you probably have an application, or a key website, that only works with IE6 – often something that the office admin team need to use for budget or student management. But all the time that you’re using IE6 as your standard browser, you know that you’re slipping further behind.
If you’re in a bind, you might find this white paper useful – Solutions for Virtualising Internet Explorer – which gives good advice on the options that you can choose to allow you to move to a later version of Internet Explorer as a standard, but still make IE6 available for users that need it.
While virtualising Internet Explorer 6 isn’t simple, it does allow you to move your infrastructure management forward – and the process you use for it would also help in the future if you want to allow for multiple versions of web browsers for testing purposes (eg to allow you to run multiple browsers to test your school website or other web developments)