RIP IE6: Is this Microsoft’s baby dead?

A site ‘‘ with the title “IE6 Bugs, Problems, Fixes, Solutions, Tips & Tricks, Hints? NO MORE!” has the following message:-

RIPIE6 is the obituary notice of Internet Explorer 6’s death. It’s a message for all users who still use that “browser”. RIPIE6 is designed exactly for those old-fashioned people who don’t see the point of updating their software.

Another site ‘‘ has the following message:-

Internet Explorer Six, resident of the interwebs for over 8 years, died the morning of March 1, 2010 in Mountain View, California, as a result of a workplace injury sustained at the headquarters of Google, Inc. Internet Explorer Six, known to friends and family as “IE6,” is survived by son Internet Explorer Seven, and grand-daughter Internet Explorer Eight.

On Jan 29, 2010 Google had announced all users to upgrade their web browsers in order to run new features and advanced web apps.

Here is the message from Rajen Sheth, Google Apps Senior Product Manager:-

Many other companies have already stopped supporting older browsers like Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers. We’re also going to begin phasing out our support, starting with Google Docs and Google Sites. As a result you may find that from March 1 key functionality within these products — as well as new Docs and Sites features — won’t work properly in older browsers.

But this doesn’t mean that IE6 is dead already. Netmarketshare report shows that IE6 still has around 20% of Total Market Share.

It’s for sure that Web developers hate Internet Explorer (mostly IE6). Here is W3Schools’ Browser Statistics which lists the web stats only from the W3 Schools site. This gives the approximate usage share of browsers among “people with an interest for web technologies and web development”.

IE6 is definitely deteriorating with its Bugs and Problems. It has been old and unhealthy. It’s not dead yet but definitely in a dying process.

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