Why Is IE6 Still Around?

If you're a web designer, I'm sure that you also hate Internet Explorer 6. You probably spend hours designing a website, and when you go to test it in IE6, it looks like crap. You then have to spend even more time just to get it to work in that one browser.

Unfortunately, according to w3schools Browser Statistics, IE6 is still in use by about 14.9% of users (June 2009). In fact, the number has even increased slightly since May 2009, for some reason. I've also found that, on this site, about 5% of users still use IE6.

Some reasons why people still use IE6

  • They have to use it at work
  • They are using a version of Windows that does not support anything newer than IE6
  • They don't know why they should upgrade
  • For some reason, they prefer IE6 over other browsers

I will still continue to support IE6

I continue to support IE6, but only so that the page is displayed in a similar way, but not in the exact same way as other browsers. The bare minimum, for me, is for the content to at least be readable in IE6.

For those of you still using IE6

If you are a part of the 5% that still use IE6, please upgrade now.It is not even supported by Microsoft anymore. There are many different options for you to choose from, such as Firefox, Opera, Chrome, or a newer version of Internet Explorer.

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5 Comments

  1. July 20, 2009

    Old people with old computers. I bet that they are at least 50% of those people. Donated computers in poor countries, old computers for kids.

  2. July 20, 2009

    Yes, it is probably mostly people with old computers. However, I would think that people donating computers would try to make them as cheap as possible, which would probably mean using Linux, which is free. Unless you meant old donated computers that come with Windows 2000 or earlier.

  3. July 21, 2009

    As long as there are stupid people on Earth, there will still be questions like 'Why Is IE6 Still Around?' or 'Why did they vote for Bush?'

  4. John
    March 30, 2010

    I am writing and article about IE6, and I ran across this. I know it is late, but your last paragraph says that Microsoft doesn't support IE6 anymore, but according to this article, http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/08/18/microsoft-support-ie6-2014/ they will continue to support it until 2014.

    • March 30, 2010

      It looks like that article was published after this one was, so I must have not known.