It started when a few popular Norway websites showed banners to Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) browser users advising them to upgrade their web browser to the latest version or seek other alternative browsers; and now the campaign is spreading across the world.
Here are the screenshots seen on lots of websites now supporting the campaign. A wiki is keeping track of “the campaign to rid the WWW of Internet Explorer 6 that has devastated web developers and held back the evolution of everything that blocks the tubes for far too long.” You can also get the code and add it to display on your site when an IE6 visitor comes by.
Internet Explorer 6 or IE6 is an older version of the Microsoft web browser, and therefore is prone to have bugs and security holes which can be exploited by hackers and malware websites. The internet is no longer a safe place to browse and its in the interest of web users to keep their browser updated to the latest version. Moreover, web designers have a tough time tweaking website design to render properly on IE6.
There are several good browsers to choose from – if you ask me, I always recommend FireFox, powered with all the best extensions. Alternatively you can play with Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari, the fast Opera or upgrade to Internet explorer 7 or the latest IE8 Beta.