Internet Explorer 6 Unloved andUnlamented

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-03-04 Print this article Print

5. Compatibility

Try using Internet Explorer 6 today and accessing all your favorite Web sites. Chances are, several of those sites won't work, thanks to the browser's inability to accommodate so many of the Web's new technologies. If the site you're accessing was built 10 years ago, you'll be fine. But if it was built over the past few years, you might as well move along. That's the definitive stamp of a browser that needs to be put to rest.

6. Google says goodbye

When it comes to the Internet, there is no more important company than Google. In many ways, the search giant leads the way for both companies and Web users. So, when it announced that it would no longer support Internet Explorer 6 in Google Docs or with YouTube, the company sent a clear message: Internet Explorer 6 is dead. When will the rest of the world realize that?

7. The world hates it

Speaking of the rest of the world, it seems that the majority of folks can't stand Internet Explorer 6. It makes sense. As mentioned, the browser has been the culprit behind far too many security attacks. It has also failed to deliver a viable browsing experience in a long time. Folks around the world have every reason to dislike it. Most of all, they have every reason to want to see it laid to rest.

8. Even Microsoft wants to forget about it

Microsoft has suggested on numerous occasions that it wants users to switch from Internet Explorer 6 to a new version of its browser. It makes sense. The browser has been nothing but a thorn in Redmond's side for years. When the creator of a software package is doing its part to see it die, a funeral in its name might be justified.

9. It moves users to other browsers

Internet Explorer 6 has been a blessing in disguise for Mozilla's Firefox browser, as well as other competitors like Opera and Google Chrome. Folks who have used Internet Explorer and been burned by its problems have opted against another installation of Internet Explorer. They have instead decided to use competing software. That's fine for us. But for Microsoft's sake, it better hope Internet Explorer 6 is laid to rest sooner rather than later.

10. It's obsolete

As many of the aforementioned issues show, Internet Explorer 6 is obsolete. First and foremost, the browser is old. Secondly, it has been improved upon by Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8. Worst of all, it can't compete on any level with the competition. Internet Explorer is simply a mess at this point in its life. It provides little value outside of offering compatibility with legacy services. And it needs to be laid to rest before it does any more damage. So long, Internet Explorer 6. Sorry, but we probably won't miss you.


Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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