Here's something you probably already knew: Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser
has been around awhile, with varying editions carrying on through the years. IE 6, for whatever reason, was a version that saw huge adoption, and with so many non-upgraded Windows XP machines still in use, it's no surprise that a huge majority of Web surfing still goes on via Internet Explorer 6.
But IE6 is old. Way old
. And even Microsoft knows it. The world, including Microsoft, has moved on, but legions of Web users have not. In an effort to get those laggards to "get with the times," Microsoft has launched a tongue-in-cheek campaign to get people to upgrade from IE6, and they aren't even being coy about it.
The company has created the image you see here to express just how sour an experience using IE6 can be in 2010, with this tagline stealing the show: "You wouldn't drink 9-year old milk, so why use a 9-year old browser?"
It makes a lot of sense, even if the parallel is a stretch. Here's Microsoft's official line on the matter, but before you even read it, we hope you take the time either toss IE entirely and opt for Firefox or Safari, or if you must, simply upgrade to the (still not perfect) IE8. Happy Surfing, old chaps!
When Internet Explorer 6 was launched in 2001, it offered cutting–edge security – for the time. Since then, the Internet has evolved and the security features of Internet Explorer 6 have become outdated.
With the latest state–of–the–art security features, Internet Explorer 8 is designed to cope with today's modern cyber crime. In fact, research studies prove it.
In a study by NSS Labs, Internet Explorer 8 caught socially engineered malware 85% of the time compared to Firefox 3's 29%,
Safari 4's 29% and Chrome's 17%.
To keep yourself safe,
don't use an out–of–date browser.