Please, please, just let Internet Explorer 6 die. It was an awful browser even in its day, 2001. The only reason it became popular was that Microsoft got away with illegally beating Netscape into the ground. Unfortunately, many corporate developers created crude, IE 6-specific Web applications that we're stuck with to this very day. And, now thanks to Browsium's UniBrows, we may be stuck with for many more years to come.
UniBrows will let users run IE6 within IE8. Yes, that's right; people will be able to keep running IE 6 for years to come.
Shoot me now.
I gave up on IE6 as a set of security holes pretending to be a Web browser back in 2004. Since then, lots of other people have joined me in fleeing from IE6 to other Web browsers such as Firefox, Safari, Opera, and my new favorite, Chrome.
Heck, even Microsoft wants you to stop using IE6. While I think you'd be better off with an open-source Web browser, I also think that moving to any of the later versions of Internet Explorer would be a smart move.
Despite all these alternatives and IE6's security problems, according to site analytics vendor Net Applications, the decrepit Web browser still has almost 15% of the world market. If you look at how individual browsers rank that makes its the world's third most popular Web browser behind IE8, with 29.04% and Firefox 3.6x with 17.63%. What's really amazing though is that Gartner research shows that an amazing 20% of businesses are still stuck on IE6-specific programs.
In other words, it's not idiot end-users running unpatched copies of XP that's keeping IE 6 alive, its businesses. You'd think their IT departments would know better.
At the same time, Browsium asserts that it "Reduces security risk by enabling you to move to a safer, more secure browser." And, its "Opt-in design reduces attack surfaces based on your specific needs."