Kill IE6 Now

Yes, finally I have decided to Kill Internet Explorer 6 on my blog. If you are using IE 6 or a lower browser, you will now be asked to upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer. It’s not that my site does breaks in IE 6 but because IE6 time is up. I am not asking you to upgrade to browsers other than IE but to a newer IE which is easy to upgrade to, works better and displays lots of sites and is easier to work for me as a webmaster.

Here is the screenshot of what will you see when you open site in IE6:

NSpeaks does not support IE6

If you are using IE 6, probably you would have noticed many sites asking you to upgrade including YouTube, Orkut and Facebook. Recently the movement to kill IE 6 has speeded with the launch of IE6nomore – an initiative by Weebly. It is providing with a code which will ask users to upgrade to Firefox, IE 8, Chrome or Safari( left Opera – too bad). There are many other sites who are pushing hard to kill IE 6 which include:

  • IE6nomore – is the latest initiative asking users to upgrade to IE6 though makes no mention of Opera as suggested upgrades.
  • IE Death March – is a blog which tells you a lot about shortcomings of IE 6 and advantages of upgrading.
  • Bring Down IE6 – is another site mentioning about evils of IE6.
  • Pushup – this one is not IE6 specific but is a site which asks users to upgrade their browsers.Β  Supports IE6, Firefox 2, Safari 2 and Opera 9.5.
  • Browser-Update – is a site same as Pushup but instead of providing links to users to browser download sites, points towards its own customised page which something I don’t like.
  • Browser Upgrade – is another site which asks users to upgrade to Firefox 3 preferably and provides tools too. It also mentions about Opera, Safari and Google Chrome.
  • IE6 Update – Is a specific IE6 site asking users to upgrade to IE8 only. They don’t support options for other browsers since according to them a user on IE would like to upgrade to IE only. I use this tool on NSpeaks
  • IE6 Upgrade Warning – is a Google Code project providing with a script which asks users to upgrade from IE6. It supports all major browsers as options for upgrade.
  • Sevenup – is the most unusual site which provides tool to upgrade both IE6 and IE7. Not only it provides upgrade options but lists the reasons to upgrade via a Light box effect window.

Above are some of the sites. I may have missed few too. So when are you planning to kill IE6 on your website?

And by the way if you have already killed IE6 on your website, do add your site’s name at I dropped IE6. And finally Microsoft is not going to drop support for IE6 anytime soon.

23 Comments


  1. Its 2011 and IE6 still rocks because it has reached LEGENDARY status!

    And I’ve just deployed 374 refurbished PCs with XP/SP2 and IE6!

    Yipee! I love it! πŸ™‚

    Btw, DEATH to CSS 5! πŸ™‚


    1. I can understand why you love IE6 because there is no CSS5. Latest CSS Standard is still at version 3.


  2. I hate IE. i think windows have to stop supporting ie6 at network level..


  3. Last month I had 30% of the users visiting my site using the IE6.0.

    I am using one now, just to see how horrible it is to browse with this pos.

    This is a sad fact.


  4. I can not agree more!!!! IE6 has been such a thorn in the side for so long. Anybody going to miss it? (just kidding – stop throwing things at me) πŸ™‚


  5. I ‘killed’ IE6 long time ago. Now with Firefox. πŸ™‚


  6. I think the other sites are doing a fine job so far and it’d be a waste of my time. At some point IE6 will die, though it may be at the point when the users themselves pass away (assuming that older people are the ones using it).


  7. At some point IE6 will die, though it may be at the point when the users themselves pass away (assuming that older people are the ones using it). My browser of choice is Opera 10, it’s perfect for any web developer with live source editing and built in developer toolsI can see many companies still using IE6, as it requires some effort to upgrade all the PCs. The more employees a company has, the larger the task.


  8. I killed IE6 a long time ago. Exclusivly use firefox now cant remember the last time i used IE


  9. I haven’t bothered to “kill IE6”, I think the other sites are doing a fine job so far and it’d be a waste of my time. At some point IE6 will die, though it may be at the point when the users themselves pass away (assuming that older people are the ones using it). My browser of choice is Opera 10, it’s perfect for any web developer with live source editing and built in developer tools πŸ™‚

    Anyway, I don’t think IE6 will last that much longer, it’s pointless to jump in now as the “fight” is almost over πŸ˜›


  10. Still about 24% of users hitting my site with IE6.0.

    My personal preference is FireFox (with Ubuntu) on all my systems.

    However I expect there will be many people using XP with IE6.0 for a long time, is it not true that you need XP to be validated to upgrade to IE8.0. I am sure there are a large number of non-validated XP systems out there….


  11. IE 6 is very outdated already. If only we can easily update IE, then we don’t have to live with it…
    Why not just use other browsers? πŸ˜€


  12. Yup, I Think It’s a good advice to not use IE for web Developing πŸ™‚ since it’s a pain in a butt πŸ™‚ to re-coding our job because its incompability, especially when using CSS.


  13. IE6 is still used by many people having Windows XP. I sincerely believe that it must be scrapped! One reason for it is that you need to keep testing a site in IE even if it works well in Firefox, which is a great pain.


  14. I just killed IE6 officially! I didnt design for it on my latest web revision, its just a waste!


  15. IE 6 is dead. My choice is Mozzila firefox!


  16. ie6 has too many security problems. youtube videos may be patchy because of streaming, your computer specs, CPU usage etc. i would recommend firefox or google chrome. but firefox would be my first choice.


  17. Thanks for sharing, i still use mozilla firefox today


  18. I have leave this browser for the long time, I’m surprised if there is still using this browser.


    1. Yes, im same with you, I dont like that browser. Im using firefox now..
      Veru usefull!.


  19. I’m surprised that many home users could still be using IE6. Unless they are using an older OS (pre-XP), Microsoft would have prompted them to upgrade. I was almost required to even upgrade IE7 to version 8.

    I can see many companies still using IE6, as it requires some effort to upgrade all the PCs. The more employees a company has, the larger the task.

    Still, I agree that we should get others to upgrade IE6. It is an 7-8 year old browser that is past its prime.


  20. I would love to do this, but have to be careful depending on the target market. For a web design blog it should be no problem, but I have had some religious type websites that had a whopping 45% ie6 usage. In that case, the number is too great, for whatever reason, to not make sure the site functions.


    1. Well the reason I did was because still many users on all my sites are using IE6 and I wanted to make them switch. All of my sites work on IE6 properly, its just I want them to change.

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