Google Well Placed in the Browser Wars

Microsoft is celebrating the demise of Internet Explorer 6, the bain of many a web designer in Northern Ireland and around the world. With web sites appearing differently on different browsers, this dinosaur of the browser world is a source of headaches for web developers. The browser was also notorious for being insecure.

“Time to pop open the champagne because based on the latest data from Net Applications, IE6 usages in the US has now officially dropped below 1%,” wrote Roger Capriotti, Microsoft’s director of Internet Explorer marketing.

“We hope this means more developers and IT pros can consider IE6 a ‘low priority’ at this point and stop spending their time having to support such an outdated browser,” he said.

Use of IE6 had aleady dropped to less than 1% of the market in Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.

In the UK usage remains at around 1.4% but it still has a large share in some countries such as China with 25%.

The struggle to overthrow Microsoft as the leading browser developer is really heating up. Firefox was for so long the favourite to overtake IE, but now Google’s Chrome is looking just as likely.

The battle is moving to the mobile phone environment where Microsoft is way behind the leaders such as Safari, Opera and ChromeLite.

Sean O’Connor
Northern Ireland Web Designer