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MS declares IE6 Dead

Now we can quit coding for it!

   
12:42 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tangor is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month



Microsoft is celebrating the news that Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) use in the US has officially dropped below one per cent of internet visits.

In March, Microsoft assembled a team to push for the destruction of IE6, and have succeeded in reducing the market footprint of the browser. Currently 7.7 per cent of worldwide internet site visits use IE6, according to Microsoft, but the figure is now 0.9 per cent in the US.

So Redmond threw a party to celebrate:


[theregister.co.uk...]
12:47 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
1:43 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Missed that... but the above link has a picture of the IE6 Deathday Cake served at MS offices... :)
11:18 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Now all the Gates Foundation has to do is locate that 7.7% and update their hardware so they're not stuck with a browser whose own manufacturer wants to see them dead. Matter of fact, that's probably where a good many of those MSIE6-using computers came from in the first place. There's at least one in my public library.
11:40 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I won't feel so bad now adding IE6 to my .htaccess (IE5 is already in there, and 4, too!) lucy24 actually hit on a way to end the IE6 madness... it would probably be cheaper for MS to gift a Win7 machine to all the IE6 users and still come out ahead. :)
3:13 am on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I happen to work at a US federal government agency - we just starting phasing out IE6 in favor of IE8 a few months ago. Now if we can just get off of WinXP before it completely dies too :-)
2:44 pm on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Still at 1.6% of users on one of my sites. (figures for last fortnight)
In my day job we are still officially IE6 although an increasing number of users are getting 8 because they need to use packages that aren't compatible with 6. No idea when we will get off XP.

For large organisations with standardised desktops upgrades like this are not trivial.
6:02 pm on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)



finally!

1.48 percent on my biggest client site, but I'll take it!
8:33 pm on Jan 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Now only if can declare IE7 and IE8 dead also :)
5:37 am on Jan 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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1.05% here. I'm not supporting it at all, going forward. Hello CSS sprites and PNG alpha transparency!

IE6 users will get a friendly message "Browser out of date. Did you know your current web browser (Internet Explorer 6) was superseded in 2006? That's almost 30 years ago in internet time! Please click here to upgrade your browser and enjoy all that the modern internet has to offer. We look forward to seeing you again soon"... or something to that effect.
9:13 am on Jan 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You forgot the <fe>markup</fe>.

I hope nobody seriously believes that MSIE 6 users simply didn't know there are newer versions. (Or even-- bite your tongue-- other browsers.) We're not talking about some arcane media player that you might fire up once a year and ignore the upgrade notices because you won't be using it again until well after your next OS upgrade.

Transparent pngs, eh? Apparently nobody ever told the developers of the ancient Mac versions of MSIE that We Don't Do That Here. Everything else in MSIE 5.2 may belong to the Internet stone age, but transparency? No problem. otoh, it chokes on Javascript. And on any and all non-ascii characters that don't have named HTML entities.

Rumor has it that MSIE has finally heard about font substitution. I hope it's true.
10:32 am on Jan 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Everything else in MSIE 5.2 may belong to the Internet stone age, but transparency? No problem


Not on/off jaggy gif-like creatures, but 32bit alpha-channel transparency.

"fix for png alpha transparency in IE6"

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11:37 am on Jan 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft can declare what they want. I praise it for it's LACK of back door call home abilities. Data gathering of user behavior is happening all the time and is made easier with each new browser, at least with IE6 I am/was able to efficiently block this undesired behavior.

Of course it means I'll have to keep my copy on a disk along with windows xp (or earlier) and wipe every new hard drive I get before being able to use it but hey...

China currently leads the rankings in use of IE6, with around a quarter of internet denizens still firing up the browser

In a country where censorship is the norm and access is strictly enforced it's a popular browser for a reason.