IE 6 nearly dead, says StatCounter

Summary:Internet Explorer 6 may finally be put to rest---unless you happen to work in an enterprise that clings to the antique browser.

Internet Explorer 6 may finally be put to rest---unless you happen to work in an enterprise that clings to the antique browser.

According to the latest data from StatCounter, IE 6 usage has fallen to 4.7 percent of the market from 11.5 percent a year ago in the U.S. and Europe.

StatCounter concludes that developers may now safely say they won't support IE6 in the future.

Meanwhile, IE 8 usage increased to 30.5 percent in May from 8.5 percent a year ago. IE 7 accounts for 16.6 percent of the market in the U.S.

As Windows 7 upgrades pick up, IE 6 will continue to go the way of the dinosaur. However, it's unclear whether StatCounter reflects what's going on in the enterprise. Corporations still have IE 6 in the field despite security concerns. If IE 6 were a horror movie it would be like Jason in Friday the 13th---the monster is tired, nearly dead and dangerous, but refuses to go away quietly.

To wit, IE 6 still has some mojo globally and accounts for more than 12 percent of the market. Here's the global view:

More IE 6 fun:

Topics: Browser, Microsoft

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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