“10 years ago a browser was born”, that’s the slogan that we see on The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown page. This is Microsoft’s initiative to educate and make online browsing a safer place. They go on by saying “It’s name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye. 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.”
The oldie browser was release on August 27th, 2001, a few months before the release of Windows XP. Since then, it has been replaced by newer versions of Internet Explorer, but it still holds a big share of the browsing market – around 12%. This means that there are around 250 million IE6 users, which is a really big number. The biggest share is in China – 34.5% and South Korea – 25%.
From July 2009, YouTube stopped officially supporting IE6 and starting with February 2010, Google, the biggest online venture, announced that it also ceased supporting the outdated browser. Lack of security – this is the most obvious reason why IE6 lost this support and why now, Microsoft is trying to reduce its global use to as little as 1%.
Even more, Microsoft is “asking for help” and they are advising more educated online surfers to educate others and to explain the dichotomy between Internet Explorer 6 and any other new browser.
It seems that the present users of IE6 are only those who lack basic knowledge about online browsing. They fail to understand the difference between IE6 and other, much better version of it or other browsers. Over the years we have tried our best to discourage IE6 usage through a series of humor posts.
Funny thing, though, is that Internet Explorer 6 is still available for download on Microsoft’s website.