Internet Explorer 6 Countdown

Microsoft launches IE6 countdown website to say farewell to IE6.

IE6 Countdown

Moving the world off Internet Explorer 6

Microsoft has been struggling with its poor browser image, and IE6, a browser which lacks modern web standards and provides an unsatisfactory user experience, is by far the most hated browser in the world. Internet Explorer 6 was released on August 27, 2001, shortly after the completion of Windows XP. On April 14, 2009, Microsoft retired Mainstream Support for XP, and with it, support for IE6. However, Microsoft is not planning to retire Extended Support for the operating system until April 8, 2014. Despite the support options, Microsoft still wants IE6 to die.

According to Net Applications, usage of IE6 was still at a high 12% last month. Microsoft wants to have that number reduced to less than 1 percent.

Wishing for the end of IE6 usage, the software giant took a stand by launching a new website on March 4, 2011, The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown, with the slogan, Moving the world off Internet Explorer 6.

Internet Explorer 6 Countdown
Moving the world off Internet Explorer 6
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The countdown website includes details of IE6 share by country updated on a monthly basis, guidance for consumers and corporate scenarios, and even an option to encourage IE6 users to upgrade by displaying a countdown banner to them on your website.

Internet Explorer 6 Usage Around the World

Internet Explorer 6 Usage

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.

Here is What You Can Do

If you have a website, encourage Internet Explorer 6 users to upgrade by displaying the countdown banner to Internet Explorer 6 users only.

Copy and paste this banner code into the body of your website.

<!--[if lt IE 7]> <div style='clear:both;height:59px;padding:0 0 0 15px; position:relative'> <a href=""><img src="" border="0" height="42" width="820" alt="" /></a></div> <![endif]-->

IE6 Upgrade Bar

I have inserted this banner code on the home page of my site. If anyone reading this article still using IE6, please visit my site, and let me know if the above banner shows up.

Tell your friends to join the cause. Share this site and tweet #ie6countdown. Let everyone know that you’re doing your part to get Internet Explorer 6 to 1%.

Tweet: I’m doing my part to get IE6 to 1% #ie6countdown

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  3. Alexander Rozinov
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    Well, I do like the article. But ! I can understand Microsoft, its want more money! And I can't understand you gays. Why do you worry about ? If I like to use IE 6 what is wrong ?
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    • You have asked a very important question. One of the biggest challenge before a web designer is to make a website cross-browser compatible. He has to waste lot of time making a website designed by him compatible with IE6. If older versions of browsers, especially IE6 are dumped by users then lot of time and money could be saved in developing websites.

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