Microsoft man: "My job is to destroy IE6"

Head of Internet Explorer group claims his job is to get IE6 market share down to zero

Barry Collins
27 May 2010

The man in charge of Internet Explorer has told PC Pro that he's been tasked with destroying IE6.

Internet Explorer 6 continues to be the second most used browser version in the world at the ripe old age of nine, according to Net Applications. IE6's position as the default browser in Windows XP means many companies still cling to the browser. The continued use of old hardware in developing nations and consumer inertia have also contributed to IE6's longevity.

"Part of my job is to get IE6 share down to zero as soon as possible," said Ryan Gavin, head of the Internet Explorer business group.

Gavin said Microsoft will continue to work with companies to move legacy applications to more modern versions of Internet Explorer, as well as continuing to highlight the improved security on offer in Internet Explorer 8. For example, a recent campaign run by Microsoft Australia compared using IE6 to drinking milk nine years past its sell-by date.

Yet, despite such efforts, Microsoft has announced that it won't be bringing Internet Explorer 9 to Windows XP, leaving users of that operating system without access to the most modern browser.

Nevertheless, Gavin insists that Internet Explorer 8 is making strong progress. "The momentum we're seeing with IE8 is palpable," he said. "It's the world's fastest growing browser."

"The momentum behind Windows 7 will drive a refresh cycle," he continued, adding that turning off support for IE6 in a bid to push customers towards later versions was "unacceptable".

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