Microsoft has said goodbye to Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft celebrated the demise of its ten year old Internet Explorer 6 web browser. Internet Explorer 6 was launched 10 years ago, Internet Explorer 6 usage has dropped to below 1% in the U.S, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway. Usage is also dropping near 1 percent in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal, and the Philippines. Last year Microsoft launched a Internet Explorer 6 countdown website to track the slow and painful death of the outdated browser. More over Microsoft partnered with many technology companies and websites such as Kayak, Meebo and CNET to advertise a banner to IE6 users encouraging them to upgrade, In China with 25.5 percent of that country’s share allocated for IE6, according to IE6 Countdown.
“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” Said Microsoft’s Director of Internet Explorer Marketing, Roger Capriotti.