Microsoft has launched a deathwatch website to urge users who are still on the 10-year old Internet Explorer 6 browser to just stop.
"It's time to say goodbye," wrote Microsoft on a website dedicated to the cause. Although Microsoft reported statistics from web analytics firm Net Applications that worldwide usage of IE6 stands at 12 percent at present, the company said it wants to drop the browser's share to less than 1 percent, and it is asking everyone to help spread the word.
The deathwatch website details Net Applications' usage share numbers for IE6 in 43 countries, including the U.S., China, Japan, Germany and Russia. China leads usage of IE6 at 34.5 percent, followed by South Korea at 24.8 percent, India at 12.3 percent and Taiwan at 10.7 percent. The U.S. accounts for just 2.9 percent.
The website has links to reasons why users should upgrade, documentation for corporate networks that need to migrate to a new browser and banners that webmasters can embed in their sites, alerting users that they should upgrade.
Microsoft's browser is still the most heavily used in the world, with a market share of more than 50 percent, according to StatCounter.
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