Microsoft has launched a new Web site, IE6 Countdown, to try and persuade laggards to abandon the 10-year-old Web browser.IE6 is a dog for a lot of reasons: it required sites to build their pages using non-standard HTML and other Web technologies, had serious security holes, and lacked modern features like tabbed browsing. Microsoft hasn’t distributed it for years.
But because some users never update their browser — and because lots of corporations have apps that are designed specifically for it — it’s still around. Especially in China, where it remains the number-one browser.
The new site launched one year to the day after a design firm held a “funeral” for IE6. Microsoft sent flowers to that event.
IE6 debuted with Windows XP, and it’s telling that the company didn’t even see fit to mention or show t in TV ads for the operating system. At the time, Microsoft had beaten Netscape to claim a monopoly in Web browsers, and didn’t consider it a particularly interesting selling point.