Microsoft Saying Goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

IE6 usage dips below 1% in the USA and five other countries last month

IE6 Countdown

Countries Already Below 1% Usage of IE6

10 years ago Internet Explorer 6 browser was born. In an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye to Internet Explorer 6.

In December 2011, USA, Czech Republic, Portugal, Philippines, Ukraine and Mexico joined the champions circle of countries where Internet Explorer 6 usage had dropped below 1 percent, ushering in a new era of modern web browsing.

According to Net Applications, there are now 12 countries where Internet Explorer 6 usage share has dropped below 1 percent. Norway was the first country to reach that landmark in October, 2010 followed by Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Austria in 2011.

Roger Capriotti, Director, Internet Explorer Marketing, announced on The Windows Blog on January 3, 2012 that IE6 usage in the US has now officially dropped below 1!

Exploring IE
The US Says Goodbye to IE6
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.
Read the full story on The Windows Blog

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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According to Web metrics company Net Applications, 7.7% of the world still uses IE6 as of December 2011. In their blog Microsoft calls on the rest of the world to end IE6 and move to a modern browser like IE8 or IE9.

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