RIP IE6

by Erin on March 5th, 2010 in Industry and Security News.

Here’s a little cyber world humor for you today –

While Internet Explorer 6 is still alive and kicking (as of last month, reports say, it still held almost 20 percent of the browser market share), many would like to see it dead and buried. So much so, in fact, that tongue-in-cheek funerals are being staged for the ‘aging’ browser, complete with obituaries, memorial services and eulogies, CNN reports.

"I feel terrible admitting this, but ... I never really liked him," the CNN article quotes one of the eulogies. "He had so many hang-ups, and he looked awful -- especially in his later years. But... he was always there when you needed him. You have to give him that."

(The mock funeral services were spurred by Google’s recent announcement of dropping support for the browser in Google Apps.)

But, in all seriousness, it’s a good reminder of the importance of updating your browser. If you do use IE, be sure to update to the latest version, IE 8, or consider opting for alternatives like Mozilla's Firefox or Google Chrome. Why is it necessary to update? First and foremost, for your security; take a look at eWeek’s article, “10 Reasons Why Internet Explorer 6 Needs to be Laid to Rest," to learn more.