Microsoft Finally Says Goodbye to IE 6 in the U.S.

There's a good chance Microsoft as a whole is popping open the champagne bottles and tooting leftover New Year's Day horns, as the company has finally succeeded in pushing the masses into ditching Internet Explorer 6.

The company has for years literally begged consumers to update older versions of Internet Explorer, warning that it would reduce the (high) risk of acquiring viruses and other malicious malware. The company even just recently introduced a feature in Windows Update that will automatically update Internet Explorer, seemingly pushing users into staying current rather than ignoring browser revisions and risking infection.

But now the company employees are seemingly dancing in the streets, as the official U.S.-based Internet Explorer 6 numbers have rolled in, and they report well below 1-percent. Worldwide, the number still hovers just below 8-percent as of December 2011, with China serving as the biggest IE6 offender followed by South Korea and Japan. Norway has the least number of IE6 users followed by Finland and the United States.

For the record, Internet Explorer 9.0.8112.16421 is the latest official release from Microsoft as of this writing.

"IE6 has been the punch line of browser jokes for a while, and we’ve been as eager as anyone to see it go away," writes Roger Capriotti, Director of Internet Explorer Marketing. "In fact, we launched the IE6 Countdown site last March to help accelerate the process. Less than a year later, I’m thrilled to say that the United States has joined the ranks of Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway in dropping below 1-percent usage of IE6."

"In addition, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ukraine, Portugal and the Philippines are also entering the Champions’ Circle," he added. "We hope this means 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."

Consumers still using Internet Explorer 7 or older should head here and install the latest version. Features include support for HTML5, hardware acceleration, a faster start-up time and more. It will be like a brand new internet!

  • Shin-san
    It's about time. Windows 2000 is the last Windows OS that is limited by IE6
  • LukeCWM
    The company has for years literally begged consumers

    This would be fun to see.
  • f-14
    all those windows 98/2000 users switching to google chrome/firefox finally!
  • The real achilles heal for Microsoft and IE is Enterprise. Their failure to adapt to IE upgrades has really slowed IE and its version progress. Too bad Microsoft cannot simply do what Apple does and just stop supporting such old applications. To me what IE has become is a Enterprise browser. So many have turned to other browser that update more frequently and provide a better experience. Unless Microsoft can convince Enterprise to step up their upgrades. I think IE will become nothing more then a convenience browser for its OS.
  • I can't wait for the latest release of IE to Chrome is SO MUCH BETTER...
  • nikorr
    Long over due ...
  • nforce4max
    I still remember IE5.5 and 6, I hated both and from then on it has been FireFox but recently it to has been poor.
  • Microsoft? Oh yes, didn't they used to write software? It's been so long since I used anything from Microsoft I had almost forgotten.
  • Heck, I held on to my beloved Netscape Navigator 4.03b for as long as possible until they stopped supporting it. Sigh.
  • alextheblue
    otacon72In 10 years MS has gone from version 6 to 9. FF goes from 4 to umm I think 10 now in the span of a few months. We won't even talk about Chrome...Every time a Chrome developer sneezes they increment the main version number. Firefox felt left behind so recently they've been on the same path. I didn't see what was so wrong with Firefox's old versioning system, myself.