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Mar 4 2011   11:33AM GMT

Countdown to the Death of IE6

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Internet Explorer 6 was an awesome browser in it’s day. It helped establish Microsoft’s browser as the dominant leader among browsers, but it has outlived its usefulness. The time has come (actually the time already came a year or two ago) to kill IE6 once and for all.

The browser has been on a relatively steady decline, but nearly ten years following its initial launch it still holds the number three spot among browsers at 11 percent–even leading its successor IE7. The good news is that its share of the market has dropped from just under 18 percent just last April.

We are all rooting for the demise of IE6, and now we can monitor its progress into the grave. Microsoft has created The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown site, which tracks Internet Explorer 6 usage around the world (apparently China and South Korea are the major holdouts).

Check out the site. And, if you are one of those clinging to IE6–please download the IE9 RC, or at least upgrade to IE8.

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