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Microsoft: Please stop using Internet Explorer 6. Please!

Microsoft is literally pleading with people to stop using Internet Explorer 6. In its own tweeted words “It’s not often that we encourage you to stop using one of our products, but for #IE6 we’ll make an exception”, apparently it thinks it’s time for Internet Explorer 6 to die and we agree. So why not try www.firefox.com, www.google.com/chrome, www.opera.com or even www.apple.com/safari. Is that being cruel? There is of course www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer.

It seems IE6 is hard to quit, so much so Microsoft is clearly investing some heavy resources in trying to get people to simply stop using the Windows-bundled web browser. Check out www.ie6countdown.com for a cool worldwide breakdown of how its campaign is going. The problem is that until corporations shake off Windows XP it’ll still be a heavy default browser.

Certainly nice to see a bit of recognition from Microsfot for the countless extra hours us web developers had to put in to make sure websites functioned on their old browser.

“This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers. “

Looking forward to the day when we dont have to worry about non standards compliant browsers!

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