Internet Explorer 6 funeral held, Microsoft sends flowers

Internet users from all around gathered today to finally lay Internet Explorer 6 to rest, in it’s very own funeral.  IE6 (support) was officially killed on March 1, 2010, almost 8.5 years after it’s initial release.  IE6 supporters attended the funeral, even with a special gift from the Internet Explorer team themselves, flowers.

Many websites have already begun shutting down support for IE6, including Google, which says it will no longer support the browser on both Gmail and YouTube, but users can still enjoy streaming content.

Internet Explorer 6 still has roughly 20% market share among businesses and consumers, who still use Windows XP, one of the most popular operating systems to date.  The birth of Internet Explorer 6 originated from Windows XP, which a lot of businesses still use, after skipping the Windows Vista upgrade.

IE6Flowers

Microsoft also sent a card along with the flowers to the funeral of IE6, that said “Thanks for the good times IE6, see you all @ MIX when we show a little piece of IE Heaven.”

Expect a major announcement regarding Internet Explorer 9 at MIX10, where Neowin will be reporting from, between March 15 - 17, 2010.

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Wow there are IE6 supporters? Either these people have been living behind a rock and are completely ignorant or they have a valid reason such as their company using IE6 because the software the company uses has been developed around IE6 architecture making it unfeasible to invest millions to update the licenses.

in a way, IE 6 is the reason we have so many thriving alternatives, imagine if Microsoft brought out one brilliant browser after another, the sheer choice we have now would not exist, so I can only hope they let IE 8 stagnate enough for the competition to thrive like is has under IE 6 ;)

I work at a large multnational electronics retailer. Guess what browser they use? IE6. I went to Chase bank a few days ago and guess what browser they use? IE6.

IE6 please say "Hi" for me to my 8bit Nintendo, Playstation One, Pentium 1 (75mhz) system by Packard Bell, VHS, and parents old turn dial television when you get to "Nobody Should Be Using You Anymore" Heaven. IE6 please be kind to ATI's drivers and everything Apple makes when they get there shortly because they may be a little surprised when they suddenly arrive.

IE6 was good for the time it was introduced. MS took its sweet time introducing IE7 (the competition from Firefox kicked them awake), and IE8 is very nice. It looks like IE9 will be even better.

PeterTHX said,
IE6 was good for the time it was introduced. MS took its sweet time introducing IE7 (the competition from Firefox kicked them awake), and IE8 is very nice. It looks like IE9 will be even better.

I hope so.
A fact is that using IE6 in 2010 it's irresponsible. Just like still using Windows XP....

IE6 was so great, I mean who doesn't love incompatibility, random crashes, massive exploits, and a crappy all around experience. I actually used Firefox instead of IE6 and tbh, Firefox is a pos. Chrome ftw.

Still don't understand the RIP statements... was already established this was just a mock funeral held by random people and that IE6 will live on till mid 2014 lol

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

eviltwigflipper said,
Rest In Pieces...thats what you get for letting the blaster virus multiply across my old workplace almost getting me fired :/
Maybe you SHOULD have been fired my friend. IE had NOTHING to do with Blaster

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaster_%28computer_worm%29

DonC said,
Take heart everyone.

Internet Explorer 6 lives on in Windows Mobile 6.5!

That's IE Mobile 6, it has nothing in common with the desktop version except the IE and 6.

DonC said,
Take heart everyone.

Internet Explorer 6 lives on in Windows Mobile 6.5!

That's IE 6 Mobile, it has nothing in common with the desktop version apart from IE 6 in the name

I always find Microsoft's actions amusing. It's nice that they can have fun with something like this (By sending flowers for example). LOL

Xenomorph said,
Great .. unsupported. So no new fixes?

This will NOT stop people from using IE6.


Well, you can't patch stupid/ignorant users

Xenomorph said,
Great .. unsupported. So no new fixes?

This will NOT stop people from using IE6.

Maybe now. That's the same as how people still use Windows 2000 and Windows 9x/ME. People still use it but no patches have come out for a long time.

I'll miss you and your damn box model bug, shady css support, security issues, instability, lack of transparent images, quirks mode, plain ugly gui, and how long you've stuck around, even though it's clear that you're the "strange" relative that nobody likes to be around, they just have to be nice until they get a network connection and can download something better. Enjoy your silicon coffin burning inside the remnants of my amd k6 cpu.

RIP dear first browser of mine.
I still love the fond memories I had when using you the first time. Also browsing for p0rn on IE6 was an unforgettable experience. new windows with fresh p0rn just kept popping up!
oh the choices...

This is horrible. IE6 was probably one of the best browsers ever designed. It was all those fools not adopting Microsoft's standards that caused all the problems.

Solid Knight said,
This is horrible. IE6 was probably one of the best browsers ever designed. It was all those fools not adopting Microsoft's standards that caused all the problems.

I hope you are banished in a hellish parallel universe where IE6 (the most standards compliant browser at the time of its creation) was never created. You'll be forced to use Netscape for you entire miserable life.

Solid Knight said,

This is horrible. IE6 was probably one of the best browsers ever designed. It was
all those fools not adopting Microsoft's standards that caused all the problems.


I detect a hint of sarcasm there. At least I HOPE it was sarcasm. No sane person with
any experience of IE6 could possibly be serious when saying things like that about it!

Solid Knight said,
This is horrible. IE6 was probably one of the best browsers ever designed. It was all those fools not adopting Microsoft's standards that caused all the problems.

That's true though. It looked pretty well, easy to navigate and...

...

...And that's it.

Edited by Tpiom, Mar 6 2010, 5:29pm :

vice le von said,

mostly for fault for clicking

Bzzzzt. Wrong. IE6 was famous for its holes that allowed drive by, clickless, dialogless automatic and silent malware installations.

Tekzel said,

Bzzzzt. Wrong. IE6 was famous for its holes that allowed drive by, clickless, dialogless automatic and silent malware installations.

The same is true for IE7, IE8. May they join you soon.

Saburac said,
This is kind of stupid because it's meaningless. Many people are still going to use IE6.
The people still using it are generally businesses. IE6 is no longer supported, and that means /a lot/ to businesses.

Kirkburn said,
The people still using it are generally businesses. IE6 is no longer supported, and that means /a lot/ to businesses.

Extended Support goes well into 2014, that means even more to businesses.

Kirkburn said,
The people still using it are generally businesses. IE6 is no longer supported, and that means /a lot/ to businesses.

Indeed. They're going to start upgrading... Hopefully their IT has a clue...

M_Lyons10 said,

Indeed. They're going to start upgrading... Hopefully their IT has a clue...

Dont blame the IT dept, its the boss who writes the checks. Trust me, Ive been pushing for a complete OS overhaul at my work and its just "Not in the budget" according to my boss. I did upgrade all of our XP workstations to run on IE7 though, so its not a big deal.

pjw said,

Dont blame the IT dept, its the boss who writes the checks. Trust me, Ive been pushing for a complete OS overhaul at my work and its just "Not in the budget" according to my boss. I did upgrade all of our XP workstations to run on IE7 though, so its not a big deal.


So because it is your boss it now makes it the boss everywhere? We haven't upgraded e verything yet, as we run over a throusand different applications and a few of them cannot be upgraded, as the companies either died, product discontinued, etc...

Rest in piece little buddy, you were the best browser on Windows 2000. Hopefully, your bigger brothers learn from you. Thanks for everything.

You were customisable, then they made you better by deciding for us what we wanted???

IE7 had tabs that I wish I could have given you. I still use IE7 but I moved away from Internet Explorer to get my customisation back so I never forgot you.

That and the major UK bank I work at still uses you so we meet each day lol

DeathLace said,
This means nothing until Microsoft itself stops supporting IE6. sigh.

IE6 (support) was officially killed on March 1, 2010, almost 8.5 years after it’s initial release. 

Klethron said,

IE6 (support) was officially killed on March 1, 2010, almost 8.5 years after it’s initial release. 

April 14, 2009:
Microsoft retired Mainstream Support for Windows XP, and thus for Internet Explorer 6. That said, Microsoft is not planning to retire Extended Support for the operating system until April 8, 2014.

Edited by DeathLace, Mar 5 2010, 11:13pm :

Just because Microsoft stops supporting an operating system or piece of software, doesn't mean they discontinue the whole thing.

Windows XP support will continue, but IE6 will not, as there is an upgrade (IE7) available.

s3n4te said,

Windows + IE6 = XP

That's probably the dumbest thing I've ever seen.

You do realize that IE8 works on XP right?

Edited by Saburac, Mar 6 2010, 12:41am :

Saburac said,

That's probably the dumbest thing I've ever seen.

You do realize that IE8 works on XP right?


His point is that Windows XP, in it's default installation, comes with IE6. For MS, IE6 support can only die when XP support does.

lordcanti86 said,

His point is that Windows XP, in it's default installation, comes with IE6. For MS, IE6 support can only die when XP support does.

It also defaults to prompting for updates, and IE8 will be installed.

Andrew Lyle said,
IE6 != Windows XP

So can anyone provide something from microsoft.com? Or a definitely article saying microsoft isn't supporting IE6 anymore?

Saburac said,

It also defaults to prompting for updates, and IE8 will be installed.


But many businesses can't/won't upgrade from IE6, not to mention many companies manage updates themselves. It's not quite that easy.

DeathLace said,
This means nothing until Microsoft itself stops supporting IE6. sigh.

DeathLace is correct. This is just a mock funeral some people made. IE6 support ends in 2014.

http://www.ie6death.com/

Andrew Lyle said,
Just because Microsoft stops supporting an operating system or piece of software, doesn't mean they discontinue the whole thing.

Windows XP support will continue, but IE6 will not, as there is an upgrade (IE7) available.


Wish that were true for operating system too... There are upgrades to the piece of crap that is XP

i hope they pour concrete over it after letting the casket down. Wouldn't want it any opportunity to rise from the dead

RealFduch said,

Youth knows nothing nowadays.

Exactly. Those innocent days when an entirely new Window opened up when you clicked on a link. Priceless !!!!!!! :(

Edited by Mohitster, Mar 6 2010, 3:51am :

Ibutsu said,
Glad you're gone!

indeed, IE6 was asking for it for a loong time

Edited by x.iso, Mar 6 2010, 12:23am :

Finally, can't say i've been this happy to see technology taken out back and shot and left to bleed slowly till the death. LOL I'm using IE8 but IE6 seriously needs killed off much faster.

Tpiom said,
Burn in hell!

And the rest of your family. We despite you!


Actually, I've got a good feeling about their youngest.

This one might actually graduate from high school and go to university.

The_Decryptor said,

Actually, I've got a good feeling about their youngest.

This one might actually graduate from high school and go to university.

HAHAHAHA

The_Decryptor said,

Actually, I've got a good feeling about their youngest.

This one might actually graduate from high school and go to university.


hopefully they learn webstandards during one of those...
Coding something for IE is quite peculiar, when it finally works you know you have done something wrong.

Leonick said,

Coding something for IE is quite peculiar, when it finally works you know you have done something wrong.

So true. You're like "OMG it works! What have I done wrong?"

Tpiom said,

Oops...

They sound the same anyway.

Uh, no they don't. One has a hard "T", the other a "S".

What kills me is all the others "agreeing" with the spelling error!

Tpiom said,
Burn in hell!

And the rest of your family. We despite you!

wait till firefox funeral. the card will read "We sucked so hard we had to cry and force the big dog to include us just so people can think we are good."