Counting Down Internet Explorer 6 Usage Share

Counting Down Internet Explorer 6 Usage Share

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On this day a year ago, Aten Design Group hosted a funeral for IE6 in Denver, Colorado. We heard about it and sent flowers. While the funeral gave a strong indication of the desire to rid the world of IE6, the browser still has a presence. So today, we bring you the next step in our mission to see IE6 gone for good. To demonstrate our commitment to getting rid of IE6, we’re launching a website called


Now that it’s 2011, IE6 is officially a ten-year old browser. According to Net Applications, IE6 still has 12% share worldwide. Our goal is to get this share under 1% worldwide. Why 1%? We realize that there might not a magic number for when web developers and IT pros can drop support for older browsers, but we believe that 1% will allow more sites and IT pros worldwide to make IE6 a low-priority browser – meaning you don’t have to invest as much time in updates or fixes. We recognize that IE6 usage varies depending on where you live, so includes the details of IE6 share by country. We will update the site’s stats on a monthly basis and celebrate as countries dip under the 1% mark!

We know that many IE6 users are on the older browser because it’s at their workplace. We’ve put together some resources for IT pros to help understand the business value of moving off IE6 and are delivering to them the tools to help them navigate the process. And, with the assets provided on, we’re encouraging developers around the world to spread the word by placing an upgrade notification to IE6 users on their website. Top websites, like CNET, have already done this on their website, and other sites, like Meebo and MSN, are launching upgrade notifications soon.

We’re inviting everyone to share this site with friends, acquaintances, clients, and IT admins to see for themselves why even Microsoft thinks the world would be better off without IE6. Please join us in tracking the progress as we count down the market share of IE6.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, IE6 was a great browser for its time, but we all need the web to move forward. Visit today, and help us say farewell to IE6!


Roger Capriotti
Director, Internet Explorer Product Marketing

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  • As with other companies, we have many Items that cannot be upgraded as software drivers are not written above certain OS's.  This prohibits them from using IE7 or above.

    Many of our installed systems have software that requires Windows 2000, and upgrading them would be 20 to 40 thousand for these customers.  With the economy, customers do not want to spend money to upgrade machines and software just because of IE support loss. Planned Obsolecense? The loss of WEBDAV and other features makes the new browsers unusable for some applications.  The auto update of IE& to 8 with the microsoft updates, created many emergency calls from customers that their systems stopped working. That feature IS a nightmare. It should have been a choice, not forced upgrade. Clearly this forcing of of upgrades on businesses is not good for many businesses. It affects their ability to do business and forces higher costs than they are willing to incur.  Other browsers do not function for some applications and cannot be used.  Current IE configuration is to hard for the average user to figure out and set up to be of value.  Too many issues and technical support is not available for these issues to most users.

    Hoping for the good ole days to stay and not make our lives difficult.


  • @barts2108, I agree with you -- IE8 didn't work well with Windows XP (at home) when I installed it, so I went back to IE7. I believe I saw somewhere (either on MS web site or on another tech. site) that IE6 is for Win2K, IE7 is for WinXP, IE8 is for Vista, and IE9 should be used on Windows 7. It is difficult to go backwards a version, however; the uninstall/reinstall process is fraught with problems -- some of my DLLs for IE7 are still not the right versions. I agree with @dontuseme about releasing IE that would work on older platforms, but I can understand that Microsoft must reach a point where it has to cut loose old OS's. However, to update our graphics/plotting software (GSP Omega) would cost thousands, and our hardware might not get recognized by a newer version of Windows. I currently have serial and parallel plotters and printers, and I can only imagine the nightmare to get them all functional with updates.

  • Uh-oh... the page the ie6countdown banner links to doesn't render properly in IE6

  • barts2108
    65 Posts

    @James Manes, I hope you do consult the owner of a PC before you decide to mess up his/her installs... Quotes like you do "we instantly remove something and install something else" would definitely be a reason never ever do business with you.

  • It's not IE6 that bothers Microsoft.  It's trying to force upgrades to Win7.  I won't use the latest versions of IE because they have spyware, such as sending Google search results made under IE to Bing and helping advertisers track users who use IE.  If Microsoft were serious about funeral arrangements for IE6, it would release the latest versions of IE that would work on older software and drop spyware.  Some crude websites insist on IE and that's the only time I use it, and all of them accept IE6.  I've made my solution by switching to Seamonkey/Firefox for Windows and switching to Linux for my main desktop.  IE6 and IE8 both work in Linux with WINE, but only IE6 works in Win2k.

  • Well Roger, it isn't always possible to wean a client off IE6 when that is the ONLY browser (of Microsoft's) to use! At this company, we have plotting machinery and software that won't run on the Windows XP platform, let alone Windows 7. I finally got the owner to quit using IE6 by using your enemy -- Firefox 3. It actually runs better and with more stability than IE6. Too bad that Microsoft has in their "corporate mind" that EVERYONE needs to update! Some people (and organizations) simply can't do it, either because of the cost or the time and effort involved. I have had to protect the company computers by placing them behind a router and firewall and be on constant alert for people wanting to hack this old system. But Win 2K chugs along just fine -- except for the occasional odd problem like losing some "certificates" that Windows needed to "run properly" (at least, IE6.) Luckily, the answer was buried deep in the Microsoft support site.

    Roger, please try to communicate with the product people at Microsoft that sometimes companies just don't have the money or resources to be constantly chasing after OS or software updates. If it works, delivers the product, and we make a profit, that is all we care about! And of course, the customer must be happy too. Please, no standing on grandstands announcing how wonderful IE9 is when some companies just can't use it.


    Gary Michaels,

    Systems Support,

    Clinton Creative LLC,

    Clinton MI 49236

  • Ah well.  All good times must come to an end

  • Mike W.
    4 Posts

    I find it ironic that I keep reading about how South Korea has such an advanced network infrastructure and how cheap and fast Internet access is in homes over there, yet they are the second highest country of IE6 users at 24.8%.  Something seems wrong there :)

  • I work at a computer repair place and we instantly remove any IE6 installs on XP platforms we see and upgrade the user to IE 8.

  • orcmid
    3 Posts

    And, ahem, guess what browser is installed as part of the Windows XP Mode Virtual Machine on Windows 7?  

    Of course I updated immediately, and it was nice that the first web page that came up by default was at MSN and the banner on the top promoting IE8 was the tip-off I needed to check the browser version and do something.  

    (I had fired up the browser to see that the just-set-up XPM was getting to my Internet connection without any tweaking needed.)