In one of the most highly-anticipated move for a long time now, Microsoft has finally said goodbye to its Internet Explorer 6 browser after its market share dropped to near death status.
According to Net Applications, usage of Internet Explorer 6 in the United States dropped to 1 percent. This seems to be good news for Microsoft Corp., which has been trying to have users switch from the old browser to their newer release.
“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,” wrote an Internet Explorer marketing team member Roger Capriotti in a post on The Windows Blog. “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.”
Capriotti was eager to see the browser fade away. An Internet Explorer 6 Countdown site was even launched to speed up the process. The site has generated 5.6 million page views and over 2.7 million visitors in less than a year.
Internet Explorer 6 was released in August 2001, around the time when Microsoft is wrapping up its work on Windows XP. It has lived for a long while, but with newer and better browsers released, Internet Explorer 6 has become some kind of a joke online.
via: Geeky Gadgets