Microsoft said a big thank you to WordPress for the decision to dump support for Internet Explorer 6. Last week on May 19, WordPress dropped support for IE6 and joined the hundreds of other web sites that're working to move enterprises and consumers alike to a modern browser platform.
"The additional developer work supporting IE6 and even IE7 is something we would love to see be a thing of the past. More than that, however, is the security concern. IE6 was the browser that shipped with Windows XP 10 years ago. A recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report revealed that "the infection rates for Windows 7 PCs are in fact five times lower than that of a XP with SP3." The chart below and the excerpt from the article show just how stark the security improvement is as you move from XP to Windows 7," Ryan Gavin noted.
"Windows 7 provides a modern operating system that is designed to support a modern web. IE6 and Window XP were fine pieces of software for their time, but the threats of ten years ago and the protections available to consumers pale in comparison to what we can do today to keep users safe, Gavin said.
"Advancements in things like DEP (Data Execution Prevention) and ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) are fundamental security innovations that simply didn't exist with Windows XP. SmartScreen Application Reputation in IE9 helps protect you from the #1 threat to consumers today, socially engineered malware."
[Source: Windows blog]