IE6 just won’t die

Six percent of Internet users across the world are still using Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) despite numerous calls for people to upgrade to a more modern browser.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 Countdown website, which aims to drop the global use of IE6 to below 1%, highlights that it’s time for users of this outdated browser to say goodbye.

“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,” the website states.

“Friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer 6. And neither should acquaintances. Educate others about moving off of Internet Explorer 6,” Microsoft said.

However, nearly two years after the launch of this campaign the percentage of IE6 users globally remains stubbornly high – around 6%.

This decade old browser, which was first released in 2001, is still used by 24% of Chinese Internet users. 1.6% of South African netizens still use the outdated browser.

Internet Explorer 6 use around the world
Internet Explorer 6 use around the world

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