Good Riddance: IE6 Usage Falls to Under 1% in U.S.

According to the latest data from Net Applications, Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6, the browser that overstayed its welcome for many years, is finally in its last throes. Usage of IE6, which officially launched 10 years ago, has now fallen to under 1% in the United States. While American users hung on to IE6 for longer than other nations like Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway, it's good to see IE6 usage drop from 4.2% in December 2010 to 0.9% in 2011. As Microsoft itself notes today, this hopefully means that "more 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."

Just about nine month ago, Microsoft launched its own IE6 Countdown site to track the demise of IE6. Over the last year, the worldwide usage of IE6 has dropped 6 percentage point. It's worth noting, though, that around the world, 7.7% of all Internet users are still using this completely outdate (and insecure) browser.

The majority of these users come from China, where IE6 still has a whopping 25% market share. In virtually every other country, Microsoft's old browser now holds under 5% of the market.

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46 Responses to "Good Riddance: IE6 Usage Falls to Under 1% in U.S."
  1. Reply kidpollo January 3, 2012 19:29 pm

    @PeteTheSadPanda if you pay close attention one could assume Mexico is part of tue US in that map

  2. Reply imac4life January 3, 2012 19:45 pm

    @ClarkleSparkle Thank goodness! I friggin hate IE6.

    • Reply ClarkleSparkle January 3, 2012 19:46 pm

      @imac4life you and me both.

      • Reply imac4life January 3, 2012 19:47 pm

        @ClarkleSparkle Web designer’s nightmare.

  3. Reply arielhernandez January 3, 2012 20:03 pm

    @mlane thank god! finally!

    • Reply mlane January 3, 2012 20:03 pm

      @arielhernandez I know! I’m thrilled it’s finally happening 🙂

  4. Reply mightysmith January 3, 2012 20:33 pm

    @hnbot @d_run It’s nice to see that IE6 has dropped to under 1%. I think people should stop developing to IE7 now. 😉

  5. Reply ginlanemedia January 3, 2012 20:34 pm

    “@newsycombinator IE6 Usage Falls to Under 1% in U.S.” – what a dark, scary 1%

  6. Reply pepeguayo January 3, 2012 20:36 pm

    thats good news, but we need to get rid of IE7 too.. hell, even IE8..

  7. Reply byroncheng January 3, 2012 21:06 pm

    @drakej pretty sure the office dropping ie6 for ie8 (not even 9, oh well) helped contribute! haha

    • Reply drakej January 3, 2012 21:12 pm

      @byroncheng oo good idea. yeah i don’t understand why one would decide to upgrade but not to the latest version. kind of defeats purpose?

      • Reply byroncheng January 3, 2012 21:13 pm

        @drakej It has to do with compatibility. Turns out that SAP doesn’t like IE9 yet. At least, when I tried.

  8. Reply filipek992 January 3, 2012 21:10 pm

    @LukeMaciak But it’s still too high all over the world.

    • Reply LukeMaciak January 3, 2012 21:25 pm

      @filipek992 China is totally ruining the curve. They are the only country left in double digits.

      • Reply filipek992 January 3, 2012 21:30 pm

        @LukeMaciak Even Poland isn’t? Hoooray for us! But IE8 is still popular, furthermore i think that 9 is nice and 10 Beta is even better.

  9. Reply KRTV January 3, 2012 21:21 pm

    @SergeantRob don’t forget the Arch Deluxe!

    • Reply SergeantRob January 3, 2012 22:07 pm

      @KRTV The first rule of Arch Deluxe is we do not talk about the Arch Deluxe.

      • Reply KRTV January 3, 2012 22:18 pm

        @sergeantrob I have no idea what you’re talking about. (heh)

  10. Reply RobGibbens January 3, 2012 21:24 pm

    @levigroker I’m pretty sure that the remaining 1% of IE6 usage is coming from corporate VCI.

    • Reply levigroker January 3, 2012 21:24 pm

      @RobGibbens 😉

  11. Reply mikelikesbikes January 3, 2012 21:46 pm

    @benjreinhart what’s 1% of $1,000,000,000? Is that enough ROI?

    • Reply benjreinhart January 3, 2012 21:49 pm

      @mikelikesbikes that’s not the point, it was at 4.2% last year and significantly dropped to 0.9%. It’s days are numbered

      • Reply mikelikesbikes January 3, 2012 21:50 pm

        @benjreinhart ROI is certainly dropping.

      • Reply mikelikesbikes January 3, 2012 21:50 pm

        @benjreinhart but it will never entirely die, and it still represents an opportunity cost.

        • Reply benjreinhart January 3, 2012 21:54 pm

          @mikelikesbikes It’s opportunity cost is going way down and continuing to go way down, how is this not a good thing?

        • Reply mikelikesbikes January 3, 2012 21:55 pm

          @benjreinhart i’m not saying it doesn’t.

        • Reply mikelikesbikes January 3, 2012 21:56 pm

          @benjreinhart i’m not saying it isn’t a good thing. i’m just playing devil’s advocate.

        • Reply mikelikesbikes January 3, 2012 21:57 pm

          @benjreinhart also…

  12. Reply fayerwayer January 3, 2012 22:30 pm

    @cereal_bars puedes revisar,,, y ya viene CES 🙂

    • Reply cereal_bars January 3, 2012 22:39 pm

      @fayerwayer esos links son copy/paste igual que la gran mayoria del resto de lo que publican? si es asi, que paja. si no lo es, leeré 🙂

  13. Reply tallgreentree January 4, 2012 00:15 am

    @eng IE6 under 1% in the US is definately better news. The Bears news just affects sports fans. IE6 is a drag to everyone on the internet.

    • Reply eng January 4, 2012 02:11 am

      @tallgreentree Good point. Although I was more thinking, which is better news TO ME? 🙂

  14. Reply justinsane98 January 4, 2012 00:20 am

    @jcleblanc TEAM AMERICA! FUCK YEAH! now that we’re on IE10…

  15. Reply gshibayama January 4, 2012 00:51 am

    RT @sakamotoh 中国は海賊版で正規アップデートができず多し “IE6の使用率は米では1%以下、中国では25%(世界平均7.7%) 中印のような新興国だと1)古いPCがまだ健在、2)ネットブックなどでXP使用率高い、からかな?

  16. Reply pwthornton January 4, 2012 01:09 am

    @rivermile – Oh boy, do you have many sad years ahead of you.

  17. Reply hideh January 4, 2012 02:42 am

    Most of these users are my former clients. RT @newsycombinator IE6 Usage Falls to Under 1% in US

  18. Reply nancyholloway1 January 4, 2012 03:09 am

    @dunn_dan Looking for a better job? If so you can be your own boss and work from home making 4k a month moneyjournalonline .com

  19. Reply patuffec January 4, 2012 03:52 am

    @gclarkmt dude, I say props to that…but what version are they on now (really have no idea) and are updates required? #ithinkwehadIE6atMSU

    • Reply gclarkmt January 4, 2012 04:46 am

      @patuffec IE 9 is the latest and greatest. IE 6 came out in 2001.

      • Reply patuffec January 4, 2012 11:46 am

        @gclarkmt interesting. I haven’t opened IE in years.

  20. Reply andysherwin January 4, 2012 04:32 am

    @LeftyDesigner You leave my grandparents alone!

  21. Reply designlve January 4, 2012 13:35 pm

    @sixrevisions Woot indeed!

  22. Reply JohnnyZito January 4, 2012 17:37 pm

    @johnnystorm0 Victory!

  23. Reply esthericles January 5, 2012 15:18 pm

    @jfloppy Ya no le ajuntábamos! Muerte al IE6 // @abysanchezp

  24. Reply mizko January 7, 2012 01:08 am

    @EuniceCorbin Happy New Year! Haha!

    • Reply EuniceCorbin January 7, 2012 01:50 am

      @mizko – you too! : )

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