Friday, March 5, 2010

Goodbye IE6 (sob...sob...sob)--RIP?

Yup! We say goodbye to Internet Explorer 6 as it dies of old age. More than a hundred people are expected to attend the said funeral, this Thursday, for the late web browser wearing black.

The surviving descendants of the said IE6 namely "his son" IE7 and "his granddaughter" IE8 will be represented in the eulogy hosted by Aten Design Group, a design firm in Denver Colorado.

This is not the first time someone has tried to put an end to the browser's existence. There have been Facebook groups which tried this stunt. There was even one movement "IE must die" that circulated on Twitter.

Although in truth IE6 isn't dead yet, as there are still those who continuously use this, this browser now faces limits especially with what is being offered in today's web. The release of faster browsers who support much more action with regards to videos and other special apps has definitely left this browser behind. However, even with the said discrepancies regarding browsers, it can't be denied that since its first release IE6 has proven itself to many internet surfers.

Released in 2001, IE6 was the standard browser for web surfing till 2006 when Microsoft launched IE7. It was only recently that IE8 which commanded 22.5 percent of the market last month. However despite the said claims that IE6 is definitely behind, it still remains a command of 19.8 percent in the market compared to that of IE7.

The mock funeral for IE6 was inspired by Google's decision to take out IE6 this month. The invitation to the funeral states that: "Internet Explorer Six, resident of the interwebs for over 8 years, died the morning of March 1, 2010 in Mountain View, California, as a result of a workplace injury sustained at the headquarters of Google, Inc."

According to Jon Clark, business development director for Aten Design Group, they were initially expecting 30 to 50 people to attend the funeral. After more than 1,000 comments online and 6,000 Tweets, the company decided to move it to a bigger venue.

"It's all in good fun" Clark further says as people are expected to go crying crocodile tears this Thursday.

IE6 will be presented in a coffin with a body inside having the IE6 logo for a head.

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