In a recent article the folks at Mashable did a great job of rounding up stats from analytics company called Net Applications on browser usage on the internet. The good news is that quality browsers such as Chrome and Safari are growing in usage, yet the bad news is the worst browser of all-time Internet Explorer 6 is still the 2nd most popular browser with 20.07% market share.
From the article…
5.20% of the market is actually impressive for a browser as new as Chrome, but Internet Explorer still dominates. IE8 takes up 22.31% of the market and IE7 carries 14.58%, but it’s upsetting to see that IE6 on its own is still the second most popular browser version (behind IE8) at 20.07%.
At Mashable, we’ve made it clear that we believe IE6 must die. It has stifled innovation and left its users vulnerable to security threats for too long, and compared to modern browsers it’s a hassle to use.
Google agrees, and so do many other companies; that’s why it’s phasing out support for the browser, hoping that in doing so it can convince users to either upgrade to a newer version or switch to a competing browser like Firefox, Chrome or Safari.
The good news is that this seems to be working, albeit very, very slowly. IE6 has been declining gradually for months. It just can’t happen quickly enough.
Read the entire Mashable article here.