SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has launched a countdown website for the demise of Internet Explorer 6 in a final push to kill off the zombie web browser.
IE6 is now ten years old, but it still has a global market share of 12 per cent, according to figures by Net Applications, a nine per cent drop from 2009. There appears to be strong resistance by some people and companies to upgrade, despite massive security flaws in the aging browser, which Microsoft no longer supports.
In the US the market share for IE6 is 2.9 per cent, while the UK is at 3.5 per cent. China had the highest share of IE6, at 34.5 per cent, while South Korea is not far behind at 24.8 per cent. The lowest figure was in Sweden at 1.3 per cent.
Microsoft is hoping to get people to ditch Internet Exploder 6 for a newer version and is aiming to reduce its total market share to under one per cent, but there is no specific timeframe for when it intends to bury the web browser.
Microsoft is looking for websites to place an upgrade notification to help IE6 users get with the times, with MSN, Meebo and CNET slated to do so soon.
Microsoft appears to have been inspired by a mock funeral of IE6 hosted by Aten Design Group exactly a year ago to the day, an event that Microsoft even sent flowers to. Let's hope this is the final funeral, because in Microsoft's own words, "it's time to say goodbye".
To watch the long slow death of IE6, check out the IE6 countdown website. µ
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