IE 6 usage drops below 1% in the US

Internet Explorer 6 is now no more, at least, in Microsoft's eyes. The sixth edition of Microsoft's web browser is now down to less than one percent of all web browser users in the US, according to a new blog post by Microsoft. IE 6 was first launched in August 2001, just after the completion of Windows XP.

For the past several months, Microsoft has been trying to get web browser users to stop using IE 6, even going so far as to launch a web site, IE6Coundown.com, to show the decreasing amount of users for IE 6. Today, Microsoft's Roger Capriotti wrote, "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 (percent) usage of IE6."

He added, "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."  Since launching in March of 2011, the IE6Countdown.com web site has had over 2.75 million visitors and 5.6 million page views.

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IE7 needs to die too. It's not much better than IE 6. For example it doesn't properly support inline-block property.

IE 8 is still ages behind and should die too.

The day 95% of IE users will use IE9+ will be a good day for web devs.

Do they still provide security updates for IE6 ?

Surely if they stop that, you have no choice but to bite the bullet as a company.

I wonder if they have ever tested newer versions of IE to see if it actually works for them. Maybe nothing bad will happen.

oceanmotion said,
Do they still provide security updates for IE6 ?

Surely if they stop that, you have no choice but to bite the bullet as a company.

I wonder if they have ever tested newer versions of IE to see if it actually works for them. Maybe nothing bad will happen.


Microsoft extended XP's support to 2014. All IE versions that run on currently supported versions of Windows are supported.

Microsoft cannot "stop" providing updates. That'd ruin their reputation.

Aethec said,

Microsoft extended XP's support to 2014. All IE versions that run on currently supported versions of Windows are supported.

Microsoft cannot "stop" providing updates. That'd ruin their reputation.

It would ruin their reputation and then what? move to Firefox - but have to upgrade all their intranet applications to run on Firefox? I think you're being way to naive to believe that some how Microsoft would suddenly lose marketshare given that moving to an alternative would require the same amount if not more work than simply upgrading code and moving to Internet Explorer 8 at the very least.

IE6 will never have below 1% usage here in the UK as the government still relies on it!!!

I like how Norway is on 0.2% usage though.

Xylomn said,
Yep, I'm working on new systems for UK gov atm and they only care about ie6 compatibility nothing else.

Exactly, and that's because it would cost to much to upgrade from IE6.

awesome.... its time rest of the world to move out of IE6...

Microsoft is the reason for this issue... they should have had auto update...

still1 said,
awesome.... its time rest of the world to move out of IE6...

Microsoft is the reason for this issue... they should have had auto update...

If they did, companies would of complained... It's mainly companies that refused it, and you know they would of tried to find a way to stop auto updates to start with even if its a firewall policy to block the downloads

neufuse said,

If they did, companies would of complained... It's mainly companies that refused it, and you know they would of tried to find a way to stop auto updates to start with even if its a firewall policy to block the downloads


Agree, they would complain but they also have the option to stop the update.. at least personal home users would update to the latest version....

Also one option to move everyone out of IE6 is to make everyone upgrade XP. if there is no XP there is no IE6.

still1 said,

Agree, they would complain but they also have the option to stop the update.. at least personal home users would update to the latest version.....

I think many people would have disabled it because they don't want change. Or their computer-savvy friend would have done it (you know, the one who disabled Windows Update).

IE will auto-update from IE10, we'll see...

Aethec said,

I think many people would have disabled it because they don't want change. Or their computer-savvy friend would have done it (you know, the one who disabled Windows Update).

IE will auto-update from IE10, we'll see...


but that's very less look at the official no from microsoft.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/arc...ting-in-windows-update.aspx
89.30% have Automatically install updates on Windows 7. would not be the same with XP but should be a bit better with auto updates.

Since they have different versions of windows since xp (xp home vs xp pro) they could enable automatic IE updates on "home" editions and leave it out for business/corporate editions. That way having seperate product lines would have a reason other than just fragmentation.

TheAleas said,
Since they have different versions of windows since xp (xp home vs xp pro) they could enable automatic IE updates on "home" editions and leave it out for business/corporate editions. That way having seperate product lines would have a reason other than just fragmentation.

Hey! Now that would almost make sense, wouldn't it?!
Unfortunately, making sense isn't MS's style!