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Relive the ugly years of the Web with IE6ify bookmarklet

People often forget just how much of a monopolistic juggernaut Microsoft once was: Internet Explorer 6, at its peak in 2004, thanks to its bundling with Windows XP, was used by almost 90% of Web surfers. Then a little miracle happened: Firefox 1 launched and IE has lost market share ever since. Today, just 12% of Internet surfers still use IE6 -- mostly thanks to China, South Korea and other...

Dead browser walking: Microsoft launches official IE6 extinction coutdown

Web developers and savvy computer users aren't the only people waiting for Internet Explorer 6 to curl up and die -- Microsoft is getting antsy, too. To help keep tabs on the aging browser's impending demise, the company has launched IE6 Countdown -- a global map which shows curent IE6 install levels. Forward-thinking, progressive Scandinavia leads the way, with all its nations reporting...

Critical vulnerability exploited in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 -- but IE9 beta is safe!

A new vulnerability has been found in all major releases of Internet Explorer -- 6, 7 and 8 -- and a zero-day exploit is already in the wild. The exploit, HTML_BADEY.A, uses the vulnerability to remotely execute code. By visiting a compromised website, encrypted files are downloaded to your computer and then decrypted to become a Trojan backdoor. Little is known about what happens after that --...

UniBrows add-on enables IE6 browsing in an IE8 tab

Despite its accelerated demise on personal computers, Internet Explorer 6 remains a force to be reckoned with in the enterprise. There are simply too many mammoth companies running applications that depend upon the grizzled, old browser for it to disappear from the market share charts any time soon. A company called Browsium thinks they might have a magic pill, however. It's called UniBrows,...

Internet Explorer 9 overtakes IE6 on Downloadsquad!

Our regular readers probably wouldn't expect Downloadsquad to be the kind of place where Internet Explorer users account for the majority of visits. Generally speaking, tech-savvy users are more likely to be using an alternative browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. Internet Explorer 9, however, is another story. It's been well-received by bloggers and power users alike and has...

Is it Facebook's fault that you're still using IE6 at work?

According to Microsoft's chief security advisor in Australia, some companies refuse to upgrade to the latest versions of Internet Explorer because keeping employees on IE6 keeps them off of Facebook. As you've probably noticed if you've tried to sign into any contemporary social networking sites on IE6 ... it doesn't exactly work. Facebook shows a message telling you to upgrade your browser, and...

You wouldn't drink 9-year-old milk... so why use a 9-year-old browser?

Microsoft's commonwealth of Australia branch is, of course, talking about Internet Explorer 6. We first reported on this upcoming advertising campaign back in November -- but everyone thought it was going to start in June! Perhaps Microsoft is trying out this bold and funny ploy in a smaller and less-important English-speaking market first? I always knew that Australia would one day prove...

How you know IE6 is dead: the funeral's already scheduled!

Internet Explorer Six, resident of the interwebs for over 8 years, died the morning of March 1, 2010 in Mountain View, California, as a result of a workplace injury sustained at the headquarters of Google, Inc. So begins the obituary of once-beloved browser that overstayed its welcome on this mortal Web. We've known IE6 was in poor health for some time, but it hasn't exactly died swiftly and...

Chinese mastermind behind the Google hack found, government links discovered

The Chinese hacker behind the attacks on Google and other prominent Silicon Valley corporations has been found. Perhaps the term 'cracker' or 'security consultant' is more accurate though, because he didn't launch the attacks himself: he just created the proof-of-concept IE6 exploit code. The security consultant doesn't work directly with the government, but as a researcher his work and...

New Windows browser ballot screen finally ditches IE6, but it remains alive

When the new Windows "Select Your Web Browser" window -- commonly known as the ballot screen -- rolls out to European users at the beginning of March, they'll be able to choose from five modern browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE 8, and Opera. Nobody's surprised that any of those made the list, and nobody is surprised (as Lee pointed out last week) that the screen comes with an IE-like...

8 years late: Microsoft finally pushes users to upgrade from IE6

August 27, 2001 - Internet Explorer 6 launches. The entire Internet (minus the three Opera users) adopts the new-and-shiny Microsoft browser. In the eight (8) long, soul-destroying years since, users have been mostly oblivious to the pain and misery that Microsoft has brought upon senior Internet architects and lowly website designers alike. For 8 years, a vast percentage of the Internet's...

Old Man IE6 shakes fist as Firefox surpasses him in browser share

Web designers and standards advocates have tried everything to kill Internet Explorer 6, but it just refuses to die. In fact, Microsoft has extended support for the aging browser until at least mid-2010, and longer for some versions of Windows. However, there is strong evidence that people are coming around to browsers that support standards, don't make web designers cry, and have frickin' TABS,...

IE6ify: a bookmarklet that breaks the web

There's a lot of rage directed at Internet Explorer 6 these days, including several very serious sites detailing the ways it's holding the web back and making designers' lives miserable. Sometimes rage isn't the best approach, though. Sometimes you need to have a sense of humor – or, if you're a designer who has to support IE6, laugh to keep from crying. That's where the IE6ify bookmarklet...

YouTube and Digg help speed up the slow death of IE6

As browsers and web standards evolve, Internet Explorer 6 becomes a great and greater liability to web designers. Making sites compatible with the dilapidated browser has taken up countless working hours, and led to several calls to get rid of it or stop supporting it altogether. It seems some progress is finally being made, though, with YouTube ending IE6 support and Digg discussing doing the...

Someone out there wants to save IE6

Jason recently wrote on Download Squad about a Facebook group aimed at eliminating Internet Explorer 6 from the web, and Lee even found a script that reminds IE6 users to upgrade when they visit your site. Not everyone is ready to let IE6 go, though. Just ask the folks behind Save IE6, a site dedicated to the preservation of this "powerful and versatile" browser. Save IE6 features a petition...