Microsoft Says Sayonara To Internet Explorer 6

By: Josh Wolford - January 3, 2012

In news that is sure to excite some, possibly upset others, and leave everyone else feeling an emotion that is somewhere between nostalgia and relief, Microsoft is officially saying goodbye to Internet Explorer 6.

According to data from Net Applications, IE6’s market share in the United States has just dropped under the 1% mark, a milestone that is enough reason for the Windows Team to announce a time of death.

Here’s what the IE team had to say in a blog post:

IE6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it go away. In fact, we launched the IE6 Countdown site last March to help accelerate the process. Less than a year later, I’m thrilled to say that the United States has joined the ranks of Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in dropping below 1% usage of IE6. In addition, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal and the Philippines are also entering the Champions’ Circle. We hope this means more developers and IT Pros can consider IE6 a “low-priority” at this point and stop spending their time having to support such an outdated browser.

The folks at Microsoft are obviously ecstatic to see IE6 go, but it’s rather amusing to see just how happy they are. Bubbly, cake, and puns – all employed to celebrate the “demise” of the decade-old browser that, according to the data, 7.7% of the world still uses as of December 2011.

It is truly amazing that so many people are still using IE6. Unsurprisingly, the worst offender is China, with a reported 25.2% of internet users still browsing on IE6.

There are currently 12 countries who have gained membership to the aforementioned Champions’ Circle (those reaching under 1% total usage of IE6). The U.S. just joined the Czech Republic, Portugal, Philippines, Ukraine, Mexico, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Microsoft hopes that this means more people are switching over to more modern browsers like IE8 and IE9. Are you still a Internet Explorer user? Or do you prefer Firefox, Chrome, or another “modern” browser? Let us know in the comments.

[Windows Team Blog via The Next Web]
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  • Dylan

    I personally am a chrome user but i am impressed with ie9 as a web developer i welcome the change. Death to ie6!!! What is the percentage of users who use ie7? For my website ie7 users are 10.51% of our traffic.

  • Bliss SEO

    Can’t recall the last time I used any version of IE. I use Chrome and Firefox at work and Chrome on my personal laptop.

    We have a client here in Australia getting around 420K visitors per months with about 36% using some version of IE, of that 36% though only 2% of them are using IE6…

  • Steven G

    The only reason I use IE these days is just so I can make sure that my website works in IE just as it works in all other browsers. It’s the same reason I use chrome and safari. I use Firefox for all my browsing needs.

  • Twitter ID @pressrelease

    I use Comodo Dragon Browser because it has better security than Google Chrome. It is built off the Google Chromium technology. I am also going to try the Waterfox Browser which is based on the Mozilla Firefox source code. Waterfox is also a 64-Bit browser.

    I run Abine, Disconnect, Facebook Disconnect & Ghostery all at the same time on the Dragon Browser. As of Dragon version 16.1, I personally am encountering video bugs: watching live streaming on Al Jazeera English, multimedia on the G4TV homepage and video working on the Time magazine website. These bugs do not occur on Internet Explorer. Hoverme browser plug-in for Twitter also does not work on Dragon Browser. But Hoverme works on Microsoft Internet Explorer.

    This is why I still use Internet Explorer as a backup, in case I encounter bugs on any other browsers. I reported all these bugs to Comodo on their forums. They stated that Comodo tried to recreate the bugs by running all four stop tracking browser plug-ins, but were unable to find any bugs.

    Comodo website –

    Waterfox Browser website –

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