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Microsoft man: "My job is to destroy IE6"

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By Barry Collins

Posted on 27 May 2010 at 16:34

The man in charge of Internet Explorer has told PC Pro that he's been tasked with destroying IE6.

Internet Explorer 6 continues to be the second most used browser version in the world at the ripe old age of nine, according to Net Applications. IE6's position as the default browser in Windows XP means many companies still cling to the browser. The continued use of old hardware in developing nations and consumer inertia have also contributed to IE6's longevity.

"Part of my job is to get IE6 share down to zero as soon as possible," said Ryan Gavin, head of the Internet Explorer business group.

Gavin said Microsoft will continue to work with companies to move legacy applications to more modern versions of Internet Explorer, as well as continuing to highlight the improved security on offer in Internet Explorer 8. For example, a recent campaign run by Microsoft Australia compared using IE6 to drinking milk nine years past its sell-by date.

Yet, despite such efforts, Microsoft has announced that it won't be bringing Internet Explorer 9 to Windows XP, leaving users of that operating system without access to the most modern browser.

Nevertheless, Gavin insists that Internet Explorer 8 is making strong progress. "The momentum we're seeing with IE8 is palpable," he said. "It's the world's fastest growing browser."

"The momentum behind Windows 7 will drive a refresh cycle," he continued, adding that turning off support for IE6 in a bid to push customers towards later versions was "unacceptable".

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User comments

Struth! Why don't we get ads like that?

By Steve_Cassidy on 27 May 2010

IE6 isn't the most common browser

IE6 has 21% share according to Wikipedia; Firefox 3.x has 24% and IE8 has 26%. I expect almost all of IE6 use to be in big corporations that resist upgrading (my company now charges those companies a 20% surcharge of many projects!)

By zemm_ on 28 May 2010

Current Browser Market Share

Here is an up to date look at browser market share - it currently show's IE6 on 9.8% worldwide:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-ww-mont
hly-200904-201005

By sc_link on 28 May 2010

Shelf life

"A recent campaign run by Microsoft Australia compared using IE6 to drinking milk nine years past its sell-by date."

I'd prefer to drink that than Australian lager.

Point taken, but IE6 didn't expire until IE7 was launched in 2006, 5 years later. So IE6 has now been expired for about the same length of time as its shelf life. Shelf life for milk is about 2 weeks, so isn't it more like drinking milk that's 2 weeks past its sell-by date?

By halsteadk on 28 May 2010

According to StatCounter's statistics

(http://preview.tinyurl.com/378ewj5 ), IE6's current worldwide market share (around 11 %) is fourth, behind both IE8 and IE7 and Firefox 3.6. What seems to be holding IE6's market share up is the fact that it still dominates (over 59 % !) in so massive a market as China....

Henri

By mhenriday on 28 May 2010

Correction

Net Applications (http://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-shar
e.aspx?qprid=2) currently pegs IE6 as the second most widely used browser version. Story now corrected.

Barry Collins
Online Editor

By Barry_Collins on 28 May 2010

@zemm_ A lot of home users are stuck on it as well...

I know a lot of home users who are still using Win 9x, which doesn't go above IE6. Most of the rest I know have Windows XP SP1 or SP2 with IE6 and are still using Norton circa 2002/2003 and think they are protected.

Very few keep their machines patched or run up to date AV software - mainly because all of the security patches and modern AV software cripple a PC! At work, I have users on Athlon 1.2Ghz machines, with 256MB RAM! Try patching that and then use it, or put an up-to-date AV software on it!

Doing a scan of the 20GB hard drive takes about 3 days, during which time, the user cannot work!

By big_D on 30 May 2010

IE6 is Good

Who wants to upgrade to later version of IE when we are happy and satisfied with the existing one. IE6 according to me is one of the best browser from MS bcoz its fast and simple user interface. I dont knw why MS screwed up things after 6 ver. They changed the interface as well as it became slower on my PC which is quite old over a 8years now. I still have the lasted updated ver of Firefox but not prefer to have IE8-9. MS is not listening to us so why should we listen to them. Simple :)

By Ruzveh on 31 May 2010

IE6 is rubbish

Ruzveh, your clearly a fool. MS didn't screw up, if anything they partially corrected the way their browser renders webpages to be somewhat compliant with w3c guidelines.

its the people who use IE6 who cause problems for web developers. we have to go that extra mile to develop no-compliant code just to please you twits. if everyone upgraded to the latest version of IE or even better Firefox or Chrome then you'd save web developers a heck of a lot of trouble and it'd be more secure for the end-user - you!

saying you wont upgrade because it runs slow on your 8 year old computer is your own fault, your technology is outdated so get a new pc while your at it...i bet you still dont have one of those wooden tv's...

just upgrade already you fools!

By daneth86 on 2 Jun 2010

IE8 Unusable

I don't know what MS expect people to do when IE8 is so slow on my dual-core laptop with 2 GB RAM running Win 7 that I have given up on it and use Chrome.

If they are so adamant to condemn their own product then they ought to apply the same condemnation to IE8 and persuade their users to try Chrome or Firefox.

By fogtax on 3 Jun 2010

IE8 Unusable

I don't know what MS expect people to do when IE8 is so slow on my dual-core laptop with 2 GB RAM running Win 7 that I have given up on it and use Chrome.

If they are so adamant to condemn their own product then they ought to apply the same condemnation to IE8 and persuade their users to try Chrome or Firefox.

By fogtax on 3 Jun 2010

Mirror

daneth86 you are the fool. Your job is to provide what the market wants, not what you find easier to code. This job is obviously too hard for you - get another.

By Klobba on 3 Jun 2010

@fogtax

Its usually the Win 7 aspect of your setup thats slow, not the IE8.

Coding for all browsers really isnt all that demanding. Its just about adopting good practice.

As one of those poeple who takes in and repairs pc's I have to say I pretty much write off anything on windows 9x both in terms of hardware and software IF it is to go on the Net.

Anything on broadband should be at least Win2k and Ideally XP and beyond.

By Gindylow on 4 Jun 2010

It's fine

Really there's nothing wrong with IE6 at all, so long as you don't connect your PC to the Internet, thereby avoiding malicious attacks and trojans.

;)

By poglad on 9 Jun 2010

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