IE6 is Dead

It’s demise was a long time in coming – people even held funerals for it – but Internet Explorer is surely dead. Microsoft has launched a campaign to encourage everyone – not just governments – to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Just over a year ago I petitioned Gordon Brown and the government via the Number 10 website to get the UK government to encourage departments to upgrade away from IE6. Not long after the election of the coalition HMG responded saying no – it was too expensive. Read more about that here.

Now we see Microsoft themselves saying:

not often that we encourage you to stop using one of our products,
but for #IE6 we’ll make an exception: http://bit.ly/g0wt4m

Microsoft's IE6 Countdown #ie6countdown

The IE6 Countdown site gives us a Join the Cause banner to put on sites to suggest:

You are using an outdated browser. For a faster, safer browsing experience, upgrade for free today.

It then gives a link to download Internet Explorer 9.

So let’s get going and play nice with Microsoft. We’ll be putting the banner on as many sites as we can. There’s now no excuse to use IE6 with Microsoft themselves recommending the move with their own specific site.

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3 Responses to “IE6 is Dead”

  1. Paul March 7, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    I would of (and still will) put money on it being organisations who haven’t updated, I wonder if the ie6 banner gives download links to IE7 or 8 if the end user is not on vista or 7, as I’m sure IE9 only works on those two operating systems. Its fair game pushing to upgrade a browser a version or two, updating the OS is another all together.

  2. Paolo Ciarrocca March 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I hope you are right, but I’m like Saint Thomas and I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Interesting further reading on the subject:
    http://www.isolani.co.uk/blog/standards/MicrosoftsAntiIe6Rhetoric
    http://infrequently.org/2010/10/ie-8-is-the-new-ie-6/

  3. Mark Cole March 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    The king is dead, long live the king.

    I’m pretty sure the people who now need to be persuaded to upgrade are organisations. Most home users have upgraded from the stats I’ve seen. The college I go to still uses a modified version of IE6 however, I’m glad I don’t study computing there because I’m sure they must have some outdated practices. 😛

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