China stifling efforts to push IE6 market share below 1%

The countdown is well and truly underway until Internet Explorer 6 finally dies away into the oblivion of outdated web browsers. However there's one country whose slow progress at getting rid of the browser is holding back the rest of the world. Currently, China's local Internet Explorer 6 market share is sitting at a whopping 25.8%, by far the largest share in any country, and it's preventing the worldwide stats from hitting that magical 1% mark.

If you look outside China you'll find that basically every other country has their IE6 market share come in at under 2%, with a significant portion - including the United States, Canada, Australia and Russia - seeing their share drop below 0.5%. However the worldwide share is sticking at 6.7%, and that's because the huge segment of Chinese users that, for one reason or another, aren't adopting a more modern browser.

Internet Explorer 6, a browser that's now more than 10 years old, was bundled as a major part of Windows XP, an operating system that still has a huge presence in emerging markets such as China. Rampant and widespread software piracy of Microsoft's operating systems still keeps Windows XP as a major player in China, and with users unwilling to either update their browser or install a more modern operating system, IE6 will continue to thrive.

While efforts in many Western markets to rid the world of IE6 have been great (such as the low 0.2% share you'll find in the USA), it's time to finally kill off the browser in China, as it's simply not suitable for the modern internet that requires speed, standards, and security. Switching Chinese users onto a current browser remains a huge challenge for Microsoft, and it's unclear if there's a strategy that would actually work to kill the browser in the country.

If you happen to live in the nation, or anywhere else for that matter, ensure that you and your friends aren't using the outdated browser, and be sure to spread the word about the benefits of a modern browser.

Source: IE6Countdown

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Things are even broken for IE8; can't begin to think what it's like with IE6.

I still use IE6 on XP though, but only for windows update! (that is, if my dual boot install didn't break after I switched motherboards)

I represent a company where we work major sports and media brands and we have decided to say good bye since quite a while to IE6. If a client comes insisting they want IE6, we charge them specific development charges just for IE6 , which usually mean mostly client stay away from IE6 .

To be honest it doesn't matter what the rest of the world does, there is a Chinese equivalent of any popular website (i.e. Google, Ebay, Twitter, Facebook, etc), so as long as these Chinese equivalents support IE6, most people don't see the need to upgrade.

the problem is china is the largest pirater of Windows and most have xp because it is easier to pirate. tho Windows 7 and 8 are equally as easy if you know where to look. they could essily upgrade to ie7. screw them. web pages shoild be compatible with the lowest brower support by ie7. once xp support ends make it happen.

TechieXP said,
the problem is china is the largest pirater of Windows and most have xp because it is easier to pirate. tho Windows 7 and 8 are equally as easy if you know where to look. they could essily upgrade to ie7. screw them. web pages shoild be compatible with the lowest brower support by ie7. once xp support ends make it happen.

they can upgrade to ie8, that is the latest ms browser available for xp.

They won't though because of concerns of being found out about the use of pirated software.

Adding Genuine Advantage to IE7 was the WORST MISTAKE EVER in hindsight.

Pluto is a Planet said,
You know there's a like button?

I recall there was one, but its not visible on the mobile version.

I gave up caring about China years ago. Let them live in their own little world. What we do isn't going to get them to play nice, so why worry?

This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers.

With such low numbers from all other countries except China, are any devs still giving a crap and incorporating IE6 compatibility at this point?

One more year dood, then Microsoft says SAYONARA XP. ADIOS. NO MORE SECURITY UPDATES FOR U!!

I feel sorry for the people who still have to patch 11 year old code.

dagamer34 said,
One more year dood, then Microsoft says SAYONARA XP. ADIOS. NO MORE SECURITY UPDATES FOR U!!

I feel sorry for the people who still have to patch 11 year old code.

As everyone care of security update. I'm updating perhaps every 6 month, "just in case",
but I just find it's an unnecessary hassle.

bigmehdi said,

As everyone care of security update. I'm updating perhaps every 6 month, "just in case",
but I just find it's an unnecessary hassle.

A hassle? It handles it all by itself and applies the updates automatically when you reboot.

dagamer34 said,
One more year dood, then Microsoft says SAYONARA XP. ADIOS. NO MORE SECURITY UPDATES FOR U!!

I feel sorry for the people who still have to patch 11 year old code.

People in these areas use whatever the local reseller loaded their computer with, and never bother with anything else. They don't care about what browser they are using or how broken or not the websites are, they won't care whether the OS has ended its support life or not. A year is not gonna change a damn thing for these people.

I don't think things will change after next year. Someone running Windows XP either doesn't know or doesn't care about the security implications.

astalvfnw said,
nope. the fastest way to get rid of IE6 is to install chrome or ff

There are already several popular IE skins (e.g. Maxthon) that serve to modernize the browser experience with tabbed browsing features and incognito mode, etc. and they come preinstalled on new machines. People already think that they are using the most up to date browsers without realizing what is under the shell. Plus those new machines have auto update switched off due to piracy, so new IE versions are not pushed out to them.

mrp04 said,

A hassle? It handles it all by itself and applies the updates automatically when you reboot.

Windows XP? No. It downloads them in the background and then tries installing them. With any modern hardware of that time, that would slow down all other activities you're doing on the computer almost unbearably.

What I used to do was just have automatic updates disabled, and then once a month or whatever, check for updates and let them install for a few hours until I needed to restart. But back in XP days, Windows Update was crap. At least they had it though...

If you start breaking the web for them then things might change. People putting their hands up and saying "Oh well, we can't because of China" isn't going to do anything.

ZakO said,
The web is already broken for IE6 users, very few people (or companies) still develop with IE6 in mind.

And judging by the map we shouldn't care about the one still on IE6 then.

I've been making sites for over 10 years and i've not tested a single site which i've made in IE6 for over 4 years. I've never had any problems with this, no one has complained. The oldest browser i test is IE8. Anyone using an older browser can just **** off as far as i'm concerned.

I have had some clients complain about Flash not working on iJunk. Even after the client has requested i use Flash... So instead i made the sites check to see if an iPhone/iPad is being used, and if it is the sites will automatically go to a page with a massive Apple logo saying "iSuck" which goes on to explain how their iToy can't view a large portion of the web.

It's fun being a web dev.

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
I've been making sites for over 10 years and i've not tested a single site which i've made in IE6 for over 4 years. I've never had any problems with this, no one has complained. The oldest browser i test is IE8. Anyone using an older browser can just **** off as far as i'm concerned.

I have had some clients complain about Flash not working on iJunk. Even after the client has requested i use Flash... So instead i made the sites check to see if an iPhone/iPad is being used, and if it is the sites will automatically go to a page with a massive Apple logo saying "iSuck" which goes on to explain how their iToy can't view a large portion of the web.
It's fun being a web dev.

You must not be a very bright developer if you think a large portion of the web runs on Flash... In the 3-4 years of having an iPhone, I haven't come across a single website that I couldn't view because of Flash. Plus you obviously don't realize that Flash has been killed off for all mobile development, so every new phone as of lately doesn't support it. Nice troll attempt though...

Edited by Astra.Xtreme, Apr 9 2013, 12:21pm :

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
I've been making sites for over 10 years and i've not tested a single site which i've made in IE6 for over 4 years. I've never had any problems with this, no one has complained. The oldest browser i test is IE8. Anyone using an older browser can just **** off as far as i'm concerned.

I have had some clients complain about Flash not working on iJunk. Even after the client has requested i use Flash... So instead i made the sites check to see if an iPhone/iPad is being used, and if it is the sites will automatically go to a page with a massive Apple logo saying "iSuck" which goes on to explain how their iToy can't view a large portion of the web.

It's fun being a web dev.

Real professional of you

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,
I've been making sites for over 10 years and i've not tested a single site which i've made in IE6 for over 4 years. I've never had any problems with this, no one has complained. The oldest browser i test is IE8. Anyone using an older browser can just **** off as far as i'm concerned.

I have had some clients complain about Flash not working on iJunk. Even after the client has requested i use Flash... So instead i made the sites check to see if an iPhone/iPad is being used, and if it is the sites will automatically go to a page with a massive Apple logo saying "iSuck" which goes on to explain how their iToy can't view a large portion of the web.

It's fun being a web dev.

Wow, seriously?

You must be like 12 years old, or really obsessed with Apple...

And what's up with the Flash content? It's 2013, why don't you use HTML 5?
Apple has it's reasons not to support Flash for it's iDevices, one of them may be that Adobe didn't want to develop Photoshop and other applications for NeXTStep (I read this in Steve Job's biography, so I don't know if it's entirely true) and another one is that Flash is a great resource hog.

Sorry for any grammer/spelling mistakes.