Microsoft today has launched a new Web site called "IE6 Countdown", -- "is dedicated to watching IE6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for IE6, saving hours of work for web developers," according to the page.
The site includes links to tools for businesses that are stuck with IE 6 because they've developed internal-facing apps that are dependent on Microsoft's 10-year-old, non-standards-compliant browser. Gartner analysts have complained in the past that Microsoft's tools for moving business users off IE 6 are too pricey.
The new IE Countdown site also includes a world map, highlighting which countries around the world still have the most IE 6 installations. (China is No. 1.)
In addition to focusing on the developer side of the "IE 6 must die" message, Microsoft officials also are emphasizing the improved security from which IE users can benefit by switching to IE 8. IE 9 is still in Release Candidate stage and isn't mentioned as a comparison point.
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