With launching Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft finally admitted that IE 6 is outdated (which is 8 years old by now).
But now they are actually actively urging to upgrade to a newer version.
There are basically 3 groups that are still running IE6:
- People who don’t have the technical knowledge to upgrade
- Systems that don’t use IE 6 and/or aren’t connected to the internet
- Corporate systems that have an enforced policy to use IE 6 (or heaven forbids older)
To get rid of IE 6 they can be approached in 3 ways respectively:
- Force an upgrade to a higher version, plain and simple
- Non-internet-connected systems can be left as they are, as long as it doesn’t cause other security problems. Connected systems that don’t use it, should be forced to upgrade.
- Corporate systems are a little more difficult because of compatibility issues or licenses, but I think corporations have had time enough to switch to a newer version, so here support for IE can be stopped completely both from Microsoft and implementers.
Finally, In my opinion Windows XP is fastly approaching this point as wel. Windows 7 with disabling a few “fancy” features runs perfectly well on those Windows XP boxes.