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Take a look at the website above, it was created by Microsoft the creators of Internet Explorer in hopes to assist in the elimination of Internet Explorer 6.
Why would Microsoft try to stop users from using their own products? Because Internet Explorer 6 is an out dated internet browser, released 10 years ago. In those 10 years much about the web has changed. Trends, web technologies (HTML5 &CSS3) and standards have evolved and outdated browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 just cannot support the evolution.
This causes issues for web designers and developers who would like to take advantage of these new web features but have to put extra work into their projects just so a small percentage of internet browsers can access their websites without any functionality and visual problems.
Keeping up-to-date with the latest versions of your internet browsers will help to not only make web developers jobs a little less time consuming, but will also benefit you when you reach a website on the internet that does not load correctly, its loading slowly or looks wonky (regardless of how relevant the content of the website is) because your browser is not up-to-date.
As of January 2013, only 6% of the world’s population is using Internet Explorer 6 – which is 5.3 percentage points less than the previous year. But this is not quite enough, the battle is still being played out but you can join the cause and help by upgrading your browsers and asking your own clients to upgrade their browsers.
Although 6% doesn’t seem like a very large number – to put it in perspective as of June 30th, 2012 there were 2,405,518,376 internet users worldwide. 6% of 2,405,518,376 is roughly 144,331,102 users that are still using outdated software to visit your websites. Depending on what type of business you run and the techsavvy-ness of your own business clients, this could mean a large number of your own target market might not be seeing your website properly or could be having troubles loading content from your website as well…
Food for thought for those who might be experiencing problems loading web pages with their current browsers – if the page looks jumbled together or aligned incorrectly or if a web page is loading very slowly, it might be time for an upgrade!
Below I’ve selected a few of the most popular internet browsers with links to the newest version for your downloading pleasure! Let’s work together to eliminate old browsers so that the web can continue to grow and develop into a more functional, usable and aesthetically pleasing place for businesses and individuals to strive.
Our personal favorite browser at Encore Web Plus is Mozilla Firefox, which browser is your favorite?