IE6 finally drops below 4% in worldwide browser market share

Microsoft has been trying for years to get the remaining users of Internet Explorer 6 to upgrade to more modern versions of the web browser. Today, there's word that the worldwide market share for IE6 has finally dropped down to below 4 percent compared to the many other PC browsers available.

The April 2014 data from research firm Net Applications shows that IE6 is now at 3.73 percent, compared to 4.15 percent in March. This is likely due in part to Microsoft killing off support for Windows XP earlier in April. IE6 was bundled with the OS when it launched in 2001. Many websites and services have killed off support for IE6 in the last few years, including Twitter and most recently Adblock Plus.

Net Applications shows that IE8, the most recent version of Internet Explorer that still works on XP, is still the most used web browser in the world at 21.14 percent, with IE11 coming in second at 15.71 percent.

Overall, all of the versions of IE claimed 57.88 percent of the worldwide browser share in April, down slightly from 57.96 percent in March. Google's Chrome is second at 17.52 percent and Mozilla's Firefox comes in third with 17.26 percent. The company released Firefox 29 earlier this week, which officially introduced a new user interface and other features for the browser after months of public beta testing.

Source: Net Applications | Image via Wikipedia

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Wow, 4% finally! Wait, was this the magic number we were waiting for to post an article about this? Will we see another article when it drops below 3.8%? Please, please let us all know when that happens. Thanks!

Monday our corporate IT sent an email about the latest 0day IE flaw recommending everyone use Firefox or Chrome except for internal web sites which all require IE :x .

Where I work, some people are still using Windows XP (No SP) + IE 6, because of an old crappy web-based program they need that was never updated and only works with IE 6...

Companies are living in the past and the last 4% of IE6 users will be there for a LONG time...

I think that 3% are companies still using IE6. I was dealing the other day with someone whose company was using IE6 still and was wondering why the site wasn't rendering correct for them.

With sites nowadays. I basically support all major browsers FireFox, Chrome, Safari and IE8+.
Any others, i make sure the site is functional.

IE9 and especialy IE10 can go through for now, beside, in 2016, we're probably already on IE14 (assuming IE12 launches in 2014, IE13 in 2015 and IE14 in 2016).

scorp508 said,
Plenty of reasons, but whether or not they are good ones is another whole story. :)

Ahh, so I guess breaking things and users not being able to do their works is not a good reason then.

We're already on IE11 "Update 1" ... I don't know if they're going to release IE12 this calendar year, but certainly there will be another "Update". Microsoft is really increasing its cadence, and once-a-year releases just aren't fast enough any more.

Internet Explorer 11 Update 1 didn't add everything they've done since August 2013 (the RTM date of IE11), what was in it, where just small improvements that could be pushed out. There whas only the Enterprise mode and small additions to the developer tools, and Improved WebGL and ECMAScript, no improved support for standards or anything else.

Yeah, but you can bet there will be ANOTHER update this year. And it will include more. They'll probably hold off the IE12 name until Windows 9 ships next year (just a guess).

techbeck said,

Ahh, so I guess breaking things and users not being able to do their works is not a good reason then.


Enterprise mode?

Studio384 said,
IE9 and especialy IE10 can go through for now, beside, in 2016, we're probably already on IE14 (assuming IE12 launches in 2014, IE13 in 2015 and IE14 in 2016).

IE12 probably won't support Windows 7, since Windows 7 enters extended support in 2015.

Meanwhile, Internet Explorer 7 is hanging arround 0,71% and still has support for the coming 3 years, I wonder if Microsoft will kill of support for IE7 earlier then planned. Anyway, it's nice to see more people are moving to IE9 and higher. It has been fun IE6, but now it's time to go. I hope it keeps going like this, IE6 kept hanging around 6% for a very long time.

MS should NOT support a outdated browser that has 0.71% share for three more years (for free) as that would be a waste of time. XP is not supported anymore (and anyone still using it should be using a different browser anyway) so the only IE versions that really matter anymore are 9 and higher.

Microsoft can make a statement revising the support time frame for IE 7 based on the fact no one is using it nor should they be. There will be no uproar since no one will care...

01Michael10 said,
MS should NOT support a outdated browser that has 0.71% share for three more years (for free) as that would be a waste of time. XP is not supported anymore (and anyone still using it should be using a different browser anyway) so the only IE versions that really matter anymore are 9 and higher.

Microsoft can make a statement revising the support time frame for IE 7 based on the fact no one is using it nor should they be. There will be no uproar since no one will care...

Why not, they made a promise, and it is in their best interest to keep that promise. It does not cost them anything to support another version of IE for 3 years.

elenarie said,
Why not, they made a promise, and it is in their best interest to keep that promise. It does not cost them anything to support another version of IE for 3 years.

I already explained the why...

It won't cost them anything to support IE 7 for 3 more years? I didn't realize MS has volunteers for coding security updates, answering phone calls, and writing updated docs for old versions of IE. LOL

01Michael10 said,

I already explained the why...

It won't cost them anything to support IE 7 for 3 more years? I didn't realize MS has volunteers for coding security updates, answering phone calls, and writing updated docs for old versions of IE. LOL

Oh come on, they are making billions every three months. Paying a few hundred thousand even a million to keep those customers you promised something happy is quite reasonable.