The designers say that the IE6, which was released in 2001 and since been updated twice by Microsoft is 'crippling' the Internet's potential and slowing down the online experience. They also blame IE6 for giving webmasters a tough job, because they have to write special 'hacks' into the Web code to accommodate an outmoded browser. An estimated 15-25 percent of people still use IE6 as their portal to the Internet. Microsoft officials insist they simply can't end support for IE 6, since it shipped as part of Windows XP.
Recently, a campaign has started, sparked by 40 Internet start-ups who want their users to ditch Microsoft's eight year old web browser. The campaign is spread to the social networking sites as well. Facebook has been prompting IE6 users to swap out their browsers since February. A petition on Twitter collected nearly 10,000 signatures supporting the effort. Even Google's YouTube and Digg were taking similar steps to stop their users from using the IE6 browser.
Although Microsoft has released two major versions of Internet Explorer in the past couple of years, for many, the face of Internet Explorer is still the IE6. In large part, the reason is because many of Internet Explorer's users are the ones who tend not to change the browser that comes with their operating system.