Microsoft: It's Time to Say Goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

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For the love of all that is holy on the Internet, it's time to stick in a fork in Internet Explorer 6 and consider it done, says Microsoft (and we wholeheartedly agree, by the way), in a matter of words. That's not a direct quote from the Redmond software giant, but heck, the company did go and create an "Internet Explorer 6 Countdown" page in which Microsoft gleefully points out IE6's shrinking market share around the world.

"10 years ago a browser was born. Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2012, in an era of modern Web standards, it’s time to say goodbye," Microsoft says. "This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for Web developers."

Oh boy, does that ever ooze with irony. Microsoft is 100 percent right, it's time to dropkick IE6 and never look back. But that whole bit about Web standards? It was Microsoft who essentially borked the Web as we know it by insisting on its own proprietary standards, and because its market share was/is so large, Web developers had no choice but to follow suit.


Source: Net Applications via Microsoft

But whatever, Microsoft apparently sees the light now, and along with Google, Mozilla, Opera Software, and others, the browser maker is doing a much better job adhering to Web standards, especially as we enter the era of HTML5.

As for IE6, it's share is down to 0.9 percent in the U.S., one of the lowest around the world, though not quite as low as Norway (0.2 percent) or Finland (0.5 percent), according to data by Net Applications. In the Peoples Republic of China, IE6 still maintains a greater than 25 percent share, by far the most of any region.

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So if Microsoft can just get more of China to drop IE6 they will get their numbers down considerably.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jan 3 2012 8:29 PM

I swear I have already seen this before. And in that case I'll share the comment again; why is China still using IE6? They constitute as the majority user base for IE6 and the only reason Microsoft won't see it go below 1%; so why are they using it?

Also, Firefox.

 

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Manduh replied on Tue, Jan 3 2012 8:42 PM

What the heck China?? Maybe I'm wrong but I thought Asia was more 'advanced' than us? Why are they still using IE6? Actually why is anyone still using IE??? lol

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IOlsen replied on Tue, Jan 3 2012 8:45 PM

Rocking IE8&9, Also Firefox. Firefox is the browser that i use all the time, & i wife uses IE. There are times when i use Firefox though. I don't care for Chrome for right now.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Jan 3 2012 8:50 PM

Manduh:

What the heck China?? Maybe I'm wrong but I thought Asia was more 'advanced' than us? Why are they still using IE6? Actually why is anyone still using IE??? lol

Do keep in mind that China is also the home to the Great Firewall of China and oppressive censorship, so using IE6 may have something to do in the matter...

 

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 3 2012 9:18 PM

I heard this earlier and was just flabbergasted. I did not know anyone still used IE6. I mean really just security wise that is crazy, but there are so many viable options, not to mention so many better browsers for so many reasons.

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Schmich replied on Tue, Jan 3 2012 9:49 PM

China has a huge gap between the rich and the poor. Can you imagine how many millions of PCs there are there running a pirated version of XP? Sure you might say "but that doesn't stop them from downloading newer browsers". There is no need to. Those machines are doing simple browsing, not much else and most likely by poor people who don't have a clue when it comes to tech.

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