First of all, what is Internet Explorer 6 (IE6)? IE6 is a web browser, the piece of software that you use to access the World Wide Web. You probably recognise the logo on the left.
IE6 is a very out of date version of the Internet Explorer browser from Microsoft. Only 1.4% of web traffic in the UK comes via IE6. That is such a small amount that many web services no longer support this browser, meaning that many features won’t work if you’re using IE6.
Even Microsoft want you to stop using this browser. Their Internet Explorer 6 Countdown site was launched to encourage web users to switch to a more up to date version of their browser. As you can see – use of this software is rapidly diminishing.
If you use Internet Explorer 6 then you not only miss out on a lot of features, but your browsing experience is much less safe than with a more modern browser. The web has changed significantly in the 10 years since Internet Explorer 6 was launched. The browser has evolved to adapt to new web technologies, and the latest browsers help protect you from new attacks and threats.You also benefit from tabbed browsing and improved speed by upgrading to a more modern browser – either a newer version of Internet Explorer or another browser like Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome.
Some report that they continue to use IE6 as they have no choice but to use it at work. Microsoft have put together some resources that you can pass on to “the powers that be” in order to make the case for the upgrade.
As a sourcer, I much prefer the offerings from Google and Mozilla. Google Chrome has been my browser of choice almost since the moment it launched in 2008. You can customise both Firefox and Chrome with addons and plugins to make them work for you in the way that you want. This puts them streets ahead in my view and I would advise you try them both and find the one that works for you. These browsers are also fast and very stable, meaning that you can have a lot of tabs open at any one time. If you’re anything like me there’s rarely a time when you have less than 15 tabs open.
What browser do you use?