Microsoft have recently held a light hearted party by baking a cake – in celebration that IE6 is now being used by less than 1% of US internet surfers.
This 1% figure sets the US with other countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Austria and Poland. Microsoft’s director of Internet Explorer marketing quoted:
Time to pop open the champagne because bases on the latest data from Net Applications, IE6 usages in the US have now officially dropped below 1%.
We hope this means more web developers and IT pros can consider IE6 a ‘low priority’ at this point and stop spending their time having to support such an outdated browser.
That US figure is lower than the 1.4% usage here in the UK, but that sounds like nothing compared to a staggering 25% usage level still in China. I think there is still time to go yet before IE6 is well and truly dead.
A quick scan through our analytics results over here at SEO Creative for the past year (2011) showed we had around 200 visitors using IE6, but what is more amazing is we had 2 visits from IE5.5 and 1 sole visit from a user running IE4.01! I can’t even imagine how the site rendered in that users’ browser!
Working on website design – we aim to make all our sites cross-browser friendly, and the steady drop off of IE6 is only positive, as applying so many hacks, fudges and fixes really limits the creativity and usability of a site.
Here’s to HTML5 and beyond!