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Tuesday, 08 March 2011 11:29

Microsoft releases new website to kill IE6

Written by Nick Farell

Stop using it already
Software giant Microsoft has released a new website with the expressed aim of killing off its Internet Exploder 6 browser. Redmond released IE 6 more than ten years ago, and it is a security soft target, having ceased to be supported.

The new website is dedicated to tracking IE6’s dwindling market share and encouraging users to upgrade to a more modern browser. IE6 was probably the most successful browser in history and Microsoft took a lot of time and money to make it so. It also has to spend millions per year trying to fix IE6 security vulnerabilities.

Strangely there are still 12 per cent of the world which will not upgrade. Although the situation is worse in places like China where it is still used in one in three machines.

The new site, IE6Countdown.com, is encouraging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 which is a two year old browser with security vulnerabilities too. IE 9 will soon be here, but it doesn’t support Windows XP.

To the final user it must seem that Redmond is asking its users to jump from one useless, buggy, insecure browser to another. Or maybe just get rid of Windows XP too.

Last modified on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 15:34
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+10 #1 God Of Atheism 2011-03-08 12:00
Too little, too late.

Why didn't they do this four years ago, after they finally released ie 7?
-20 #2 East17 2011-03-08 12:08

I like it! It's fast and simple. I hated the fact that fudzilla.com became COMPLETELY incompatible with it a year ago. But that's life. Right now, frustrated kids that like lots of bling bling an a website and fill it up with flash and other animations are in power. So the browser must support all this new crap that sorrounds the usefull info.

Man I miss the days where you had to optimize and make the page under 128KB excluding pictures.

The Internet has much more bandwidth now but so much of it is wasted :( .

Of course, for the sites can't be red with IE6 anymore, Opera 11.01 is my main browser.
+23 #3 thetruth 2011-03-08 12:19
Quoting East17:

I have no sympathy for you, or any problems / malicious programs you might get.
+6 #4 Dumachi 2011-03-08 12:29
I ahv always used the latest firefox could not imagine using IE now
+12 #5 yourma2000 2011-03-08 12:35
the point of updating internet browsers is not for "bling bling" it's just to take advantage of new technologies to make internet browsing more captivating and safe, especially in the age of HD (hardware acceleration, HTML5, new SSL encryptions etc etc) it makes things a bit more pleasant and not feel like we're still in 1996, which is what IE6 feels like to me (they're still using it on the university computers)
0 #6 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-08 15:57
This "kill" thing, is that something American?

Or is IE6 a new species of rodent thus justifies the usage of the term "kill".

Every were you meet them, they have to "kill" something. It's not sufficient to just "upgrade" or "uninstall", no, you have to kill it.
+4 #7 gsacks 2011-03-08 17:24
Well, if they really wanted to kill it then they would have to release a service pack 4 for Windows XP and make available for download .iso images of install discs to use with existing XP licenses, which would replace the ie6 that exists on every XP disc every released (not including specially make slipstreamed iso images). Lots of people still use XP, and every new install or reinstall of XP includes ie 6. And by necessity, the MS upgrade site needs to stay compatible with ie 6 in order for all of those new installs to be able to download their initial security patches after a fresh install.
+5 #8 Kryojenix 2011-03-08 21:37
Yo! Editors!
You've used the wrong icon for this article - that is the IE7+ icon, the IE6 icon was a bright light blue 'e' with a same bright light blue streak across it.
Very unprofessional! :-?
+2 #9 The blue fox 2011-03-09 00:44
People still use IE for other things then down loading a another browser.
+5 #10 Fud_u 2011-03-09 02:22
"Stop using it already"

Sigh, my old man still using win95. Beat that.

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