According to the latest data from Net Applications, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6, the browser that overstayed its welcome for many years, is finally in its last throes. Usage of IE6, which officially launched 10 years ago, has now fallen to under 1% in the United States. While American users hung on to IE6 for longer than other nations like Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway, it's good to see IE6 usage drop from 4.2% in December 2010 to 0.9% in 2011. As Microsoft itself notes today, this hopefully means that "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."
Just about nine month ago, Microsoft launched its own IE6 Countdown site to track the demise of IE6. Over the last year, the worldwide usage of IE6 has dropped 6 percentage point. It's worth noting, though, that around the world, 7.7% of all Internet users are still using this completely outdate (and insecure) browser.
The majority of these users come from China, where IE6 still has a whopping 25% market share. In virtually every other country, Microsoft's old browser now holds under 5% of the market.
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@LeftyDesigner You leave my grandparents alone!
@gclarkmt dude, I say props to that...but what version are they on now (really have no idea) and are updates required? #ithinkwehadIE6atMSU
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Most of these users are my former clients. RT @newsycombinator IE6 Usage Falls to Under 1% in US
@rivermile - Oh boy, do you have many sad years ahead of you.
RT @sakamotoh 中国は海賊版で正規アップデートができず多し “IE6の使用率は米では1%以下、中国では25%（世界平均7.7%）http:\/\/t.co\/5lWurgb5 中印のような新興国だと1）古いPCがまだ健在、2）ネットブックなどでXP使用率高い、からかな？
@jcleblanc TEAM AMERICA! FUCK YEAH! now that we're on IE10...
@eng IE6 under 1% in the US is definately better news. The Bears news just affects sports fans. IE6 is a drag to everyone on the internet.
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@benjreinhart what's 1% of $1,000,000,000? Is that enough ROI?
@levigroker I'm pretty sure that the remaining 1% of IE6 usage is coming from corporate VCI.
@SergeantRob don't forget the Arch Deluxe!
@LukeMaciak But it's still too high all over the world.
@drakej pretty sure the office dropping ie6 for ie8 (not even 9, oh well) helped contribute! haha
"@newsycombinator IE6 Usage Falls to Under 1% in U.S. http:\/\/t.co\/U91JAM1g" - what a dark, scary 1%
@mlane thank god! finally!
@ClarkleSparkle Thank goodness! I friggin hate IE6.
@PeteTheSadPanda if you pay close attention one could assume Mexico is part of tue US in that map
@mizko - you too! : )
@patuffec IE 9 is the latest and greatest. IE 6 came out in 2001.
@tallgreentree Good point. Although I was more thinking, which is better news TO ME? :)
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@mikelikesbikes that's not the point, it was at 4.2% last year and significantly dropped to 0.9%. It's days are numbered
@KRTV The first rule of Arch Deluxe is we do not talk about the Arch Deluxe.
@filipek992 China is totally ruining the curve. They are the only country left in double digits.
@byroncheng oo good idea. yeah i don't understand why one would decide to upgrade but not to the latest version. kind of defeats purpose?
@arielhernandez I know! I'm thrilled it's finally happening :)
@imac4life you and me both.
@gclarkmt interesting. I haven't opened IE in years.
@benjreinhart but it will never entirely die, and it still represents an opportunity cost.
@benjreinhart ROI is certainly dropping.
@SergeantRob I have no idea what you're talking about. (heh)
@LukeMaciak Even Poland isn't? Hoooray for us! But IE8 is still popular, furthermore i think that 9 is nice and 10 Beta is even better.
@drakej It has to do with compatibility. Turns out that SAP doesn't like IE9 yet. At least, when I tried.
@ClarkleSparkle Web designer's nightmare.
@benjreinhart also... http:\/\/t.co\/nFO7fBVq
@benjreinhart i'm not saying it isn't a good thing. i'm just playing devil's advocate.
@benjreinhart i'm not saying it doesn't.
@mikelikesbikes It's opportunity cost is going way down and continuing to go way down, how is this not a good thing?