In a bid to kill its Internet Explorer 6 web browser, Microsoft has launched a dedicated countdown website that shows the percentage of users worldwide still using the decade-old browser. Microsoft hopes to shrink global usage of the Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) browser to below one percent so that developers no longer have to support it when designing or updating websites.
Internet Explorer 6 Countdown
As of February 2011, more than one in 10 users are accessing the web through IE6.
"10 years ago a browser was born. Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we're in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it's time to say goodbye," the page said.
Currently, China is responsible for nearly half of all IE6 usage, as 34.5 percent of Chinese users — who make up 5.9 percent of global users — are still using the outdated browser. In the UK around 3.5 percent of users are still using IE6.
Upgrading to a newer version of Internet Explorer — currently at version 8, though a release candidate of IE9 is available — will provide faster, tabbed browsing with better privacy and security protection, Microsoft said. It has also put together an Internet Explorer 8 Migration Workshop for enterprises that have still not managed to upgrade.
Phasing Out the Support
On 1 March, 2010, Google began phasing out support for IE6 for its web apps, beginning with Docs and Sites, which could cause the services to not function correctly.