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I am so happy with the new rollout of IE8 because I have not encountered any problems with switching layouts for any of my sites when I am designing.
Of course, I still check it in IE7 and make sure that it at least functions properly.
IE6, on the other hand, gives me so many issues that I'm thinking of just forgetting about it completely.
I am in awe that people can still use it and browse the web properly. I seriously don't understand why people don't upgrade their browsers.
I know that people ignore or turn off the automatic Microsoft updates. But with the latest IE8 release I know I was hounded to upgrade each time I opened it up. Why don't people just do it?
I don't even remember when IE6 was released, but it has to be at least a few years now.
So anywho...as a designer/programmer, do you worry about IE6 anymore?
One thing not mentioned is all the overuse of Flash served to old browsers. Most of those machines have less than 1gb of memory. Ever watch your nifty flash based site take 3 to 5 minutes to show the 'skip intro' button?
Make it display in a usable manner in IE6 and ignore the minor layout bugs (margin/padding).
On one of my 'brick and mortars' the IE6/7/8 visitors is ~26% of the page view. One web promotion run (over several months) has a huge IE6 majority when inside the bricks (print and present the coupon). IE7, IE8, FF and Safari are less than 10% of the coupon presented. The IE6 users spent 2 to 4 times more per visit than the rest.