10 Reasons why you should Ditch IE6
Internet Explorer 6 is becoming increasingly unpopular among the Internet society. Still people seem to find some strange reason to continue using it and surveys show that a surprisingly large number of people still have it as their default browser. We think that it is time to let go of IE6 and force people to an upgrade. As a designer, developer, or user, we can all unite that IE6 is a problem that must be rid.
1. Its security and track record is a joke which led to PC World Magazine ranking IE6 as the 8th worst tech product of all time. Shouldn’t this tell us something?
2. The software is 7 years old. In Internet measurements it corresponds to about the Stone Age.
3. IE6 is bug heaven. Microsoft knows it, but doesn’t care to fix the plethora of problems, so why should we?
4. Newer versions of Internet Explorer exist, amongst the newest IE8, but still sites choose to continue support IE6. And some sites are perfectly build for IE6 but not other browsers. Designers and developers- we need to look forward not backwards.
5. As a user, you have to wait until everything loads in order to use the URL bar. And wait, why on earth did the toolbar move to the middle right?
6. IE6 follows its own standards (thank you Microsoft for always going its own way) for rendering pages. So now, we all need to add in statements to code to ensure proper web pages.
7. The IE6 CSS rendering machine is simply put: horrible.
8. Online voting show that about 90% wants to drop Internet Explorer 6 – so why don’t we just do it?
9. If sites supporting IE6 would stop getting built we would force about 30% of all the Internet users to gracefully develop in the right direction.
10. It would take you about 2 minutes to switch/upgrade browser.
So, there you have it folks… Let us all work towards a brighter future of the Internet where bugs and embarrassing security is more of an exception than a given fact. If you for example are taking advantage of small business web hosting or E-Commerce web hosting this should be a crucial matter. Ditch Internet Explorer 6, get Firefox, get IE8, but just run away from IE6.
…And by the way, as I copied this post from MS Word (where I orginally typed it), MS added 15 lines of codes on font size, font type, and everything you didn’t want to know about copy/pasting text. Maybe Microsoft should take a peek at their other softwares.
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