As a web development studio dedicated to building cross-platform, accessible websites, we often wonder why someone would stick with an old version of their favorite web browser. Is it your familiarity with the current version? Or maybe you were holding out for the bugs to be fixed in the newest version of your browser before upgrading? It may be a good idea to give the new version a couple of months to work out the kinks, but is 10 years too long to wait? We think so, and if you’re one of the 12% of people in the world still using Internet Explorer 6, this blog’s for you.
While our web sites are designed to support these “legacy” browsers, more and more new features are working their way onto the web that simply did not exist ten years ago. As a result, the task of providing a good browsing experience for an outdated browser can be somewhat of a challenge, if not impossible.
What are you missing out on?
- Tabbed browsing to help organize multiple web sites on screen simultaneously
- Improved security including updates for the latest viruses and malware
- Improved support for graphics and page layouts (ever wonder why so many websites don’t seem to work quite right in IE6?)
- Favorites bar for quick access to your most frequently visited sites
- Plus more…
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… right? If new features and improved stability aren’t your thing, maybe Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer 6 Countdown campaign will convince you it’s time to upgrade.
If you’re ready for improved security, performance and reliability in your web browser, say goodbye to IE6 and get yourself a free copy of Internet Explorer 8 or take a look at some of the alternative browsers on the market like Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
Posted March 04, 2011