Microsoft urging users to ditch IE6!

For years many of us have been complaining about Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) – security issues, poor page optimisation and loading, and generally being outdated with far newer features.

However a sizable portion of the internets users are still using this browser that is now 10 years old – about 12% of the internet population actually.

Microsoft has been ramping up its efforts to move people off IE6 and onto newer versions – IE7 and IE8 (IE9 beta is currently available).

Microsoft have therefore created a website to help move these users off IE6 –

The main problem with IE6 is the security vulnerabilities so if you know anyone still on this browser do tell them to upgrade to IE8 preferably.

The reason the figure may still be so high is when you install a fresh copy of Windows XP it generally comes with IE6 – but you would think a high majority of users would do Windows updates (including the Microsoft browser updates).

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  • michellen

    I manage a website and we still cater and optimse functionality for IE6 users. This is simply because our audiences comprise of government users – and they, unsuprisingly – run on the outdated browser. In fact, it's organisational policy to remain on IE6 as that's the browser that their web-based systems were designed on.

    What's really concerning here is that the Aussie govt would've poured $$$ into scoping and crafting the system without thinking that web browsers are a 'volatile' platform that change on a yearly basis – and for the better. It's a major oversight to have made on the part of the client, the planners and the developers.

    I think the key issue here is that Microsoft need to lobby the goverment to dish out the extra cash and upgrade to another system, or come to terms that they'd need to frequently optimse their current instruction on a bi/yearly basis.