It’s been a bad year for Internet Explorer 6 – first, Google Apps dropped support for the aging browser, and then Amazon.com followed suit. In March, some cheeky Web developers held a funeral for IE6. Seems like everyone is piling on the Web browser everyone loves to hate, and it looks like Microsoft doesn’t want to be left out.
A Microsoft Australia Web site was launched recently that compared the nine-year-old browser to spoiled milk, urging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 for security and compatibility reasons. An excerpt:
“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.”
According to NetApplications, Internet Explorer 6 is still sitting at a little under 18 percent, second only to Internet Explorer 8’s 25 percent, and still beating Firefox 3.6’s 15 percent. IE6 remains resilient because it is included by default with installations of the still widely-used Windows XP – none of that operating system’s three service packs upgraded the included Web browser. This was presumably to allow business users to get security updates without breaking in-house apps programmed with IE6 in mind.
It looks like Microsoft is stuck supporting the aging Windows XP with security updates until 2014, but clearly they’d like to get Internet Explorer 6 off of their plate before then. Do you know anyone who’s still using Internet Explorer 6? Sound off in the comments!
Sources: Microsoft Australia