Endless Mike wrote:Translucent windows doesn't really address any business needs.
Transluscent windows are everything. In all seriousness though, upgrades are generally a good idea if only for compatibility purposes. IE 6 doesn't work with any website employing moderately modern features.
But the benefit to a given company of modern features on a website may be completely irrelevant when compared to the importance of continued compatibility with their in-house software.
Also, while for some jobs, the probability of overlap between decent amount of IT skill and whatever their primary job function is decently high, for others, there's really not any particular correlation. HR, for example, does not tend to be full of IT-minded people, and your priority for an HR manager should be someone with people skills, not someone who can support Outlook issues or questions. Obviously.
Also, also, even if a person with that skillset is available, it may not be economically practical or feasible to hire them, as they may be commanding a higher wage than someone who isn't IT savvy, but can still do the job. Also, even if you could afford that person... hiring people who are overqualified increases the risk that they'll leave for something that commands more of their skills and a higher wage. Turnover in jobs is terrible, from a company's point of view.
All this aside... I would still rather see there be less restriction on downloading an additional browser. Sure, keep your IE6 that you need for some financial tool or other and require that be a user's default, but allow someone to download Chrome in addition, or whatever the case may be.
But again, that's a decision on the trade-off between how much having another browser may increase some users' efficiency vs how much more likely it makes it that they're doing non-job-related things.
I guess my feeling: for a company relying both on Google's products *and* their own proprietary stuff they can't get off IE6 or the like, this could be a bit awkward, but I for one am pretty much in favour of adding some impetus in the other direction, to get people moving forward with newer software technologies. Because while it's nice that my father can still make a living coding in Fortran, I have had enough of projects that require figuring out what the hell someone intended a dozen or more years ago, and trying to incorporate that into something new, replace its functionality or just make enhancements on it.
He does not spout ever more, new stupidities. He "diversifies his wrongness portfolio."
(My pronouns are She/Her/Hers)