Internet Explorer 6 (IE6)

Posted on in Business

Microsoft released Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) in 1995. Since then Microsoft release IE7, IE8 and now IE9 is on the horizon. So why continue to use IE6, a browser designed in the last century?

What's Wrong with IE6?

It was designed when few international web standards existed and the capabilities required to deliver on-screen web content were fairly limited and easy to achieve with a dominant browser solution.

In addition, IE6 is more susceptible to security problems which were not envisaged when the browser was first designed.

Since 1995 web standards have been developed and new browsers have come to market. These browsers have converged to follow international web standards which benefits both consumers of web information and web developers who struggle to deliver rich content on a browser that is not up to the task.

Finally, later browsers provide better internet security features than IE6.

Why should I Upgrade?

Recent security breaches, well reported in the press, had the French and German governments recommending to their citizens not to use IE6.

Additionally, there is a growing movement of businesses and web application developers who are dropping IE6 support. This is because IE6 can no longer deliver the browsing experience expected by visitors because of shortcomings in available functionality and compatibility with other modern browsers.

Which Browser Should I Choose?

There are choices but all of them will give a better and more reliable browsing experience than IE6.

The dominant browser (although becoming less so) from Microsoft is IE8. The next most popular browser is Firefox, followed by Google Chrome, Safari and Opera.

All are available as free downloads with automatic updates as new releases are published.