Microsoft Wants Internet Explorer 6 Gone for Good

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft wants its 10-year-old Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) browser gone for good.

The company reportedly launched a deathwatch today that included a website that shows declining usage and links where corporate IT departments can get advice on how to migrate to newer browsers like IE8 and impending IE9.

Although Microsoft reported statistics from web analytics firm Net Applications that shows IE6 holds onto a 12 percent global usage share, the company said it wants to reduce the aged browser’s share to under 1 percent.

IE6's stronghold is in business, where upgrading can be difficult because of custom Web applications or Intranets designed for the old browser.

In a Microsoft blog, Roger Capriotti, head of IE's marketing wrote, "We bring you the next step in our mission to see IE6 gone for good. To demonstrate our commitment to getting rid of IE6, we're launching a website."

The deathwatch website details Net Applications' usage share numbers for IE6 in 43 countries, including the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and Russia, as well as the browser's current global share.

China leads usage of IE6 at 34.5 percent, followed by South Korea at 24.8 percent, India at 12.3 percent and Taiwan at 10.7 percent. The U.S. accounts for just 2.9 percent.

Microsoft’s wish to kill IE6 is nothing new. A company executive reportedly said in 2009 that "Friends don't let friends use IE6."

Although Microsoft wants users to move to IE8 and IE9, it has not been able to stop users from abandoning its browser line completely and switching to rivals like Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari.

In the last year IE has reportedly lost 4.8 percentage points, dropping to a 56.8 percent share.

At the same time, Chrome has gained 5.3 points, while Safari has increased its share by 1.9 percentage points according to Net Applications.

At this pace IE6 should fall under 1 percent by June 2012.

Microsoft said it will support IE6 until April 2014.

Related:  

Copyright © 2024 Adnet Media. All Rights Reserved. XBIZ is a trademark of Adnet Media.
Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission is prohibited.

More News

Utherverse to Host 8th Annual VirtualCon in September

Virtual reality and metaverse technology company Utherverse will hold the eighth edition of its annual virtual conference, VirtualCon, in September.

Pornhub Shuts Down Access in Nebraska Over Age Verification

Aylo has blocked access to Pornhub in Nebraska as of last Monday, days before the state’s new age verification law — one of many such bills promoted by religious conservatives around the country — is scheduled to go into effect Thursday.

FeelMe AI Launches 3 New Subscription Tiers

FeelMe AI has launched three new subscription levels, allowing users to connect compatible Kiiroo sex toys to their videos for interactive solo play.

CamSoda Launches AI Girlfriend Builder

CamSoda has debuted a personalized "AI girlfriend" feature allowing users to create their very own AI companion at no charge, including free NSFW role-play and chat.

Free Speech Organization Comes Out in Support of Wisconsin Professor Who Posted on OnlyFans

After a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse faculty tribunal recommended stripping veteran professor of communications Joe Gow of tenure last week due to Gow having unremorsefully created and appeared in adult content, a major free speech organization has come out in his support.

MojoHost Unveils Public Cloud Service MojoCompute

MojoHost has launched MojoCompute, a new public cloud service, as the central component of its MojoCloud product offerings.

BranditScan Now Offering Anti-Piracy Solutions to Creator Agencies

BranditScan is expanding the range of its anti-piracy services by now offering tailored DMCA solutions to creator agencies.

Eva AI Launches Video Content Feature

Eva AI has debuted a new feature enabling users to enjoy exclusive video content created from digital duplicates of their favorite models.

MyMember.site Partners With Sharesome

Website creation service MyMember.site has partnered with adult social media platform Sharesome.

Valentina Fox Wins LoyalFans' Las Vegas Billboard Contest

LoyalFans has announced content creator Valentina Fox as the winner of its Las Vegas Billboard Contest.

Show More