Tech startups look to kill off IE6

IE6 no more!

It's time to kill off Internet Explorer 6, according to a group of web start-ups.

Despite the fact that IE6 is some seven years old, stats from Net Applications suggests it has as much as 27 per cent market share - above IE7 at 23 per cent and the recently released IE8 at 12.45 per cent.

A group of tech start-ups is looking to change that. Lead by Weebly and including and a Reddit spinoff, the IE6 No More campaign wants web developers to include a string of code on their sites that will tell visitors using the dated browser that it's time to upgrade.

"As any web developer will tell you, working with IE6 is one of the most difficult and frustrating things they have to deal with on a daily basis, taking up a disproportionate amount of their time," the group said on its website.

"Beyond that, IE6's support for modern web standards is very lacking, restricting what developers can create and holding the web back."

The campaigners said many people are stuck with IE6 because that's what their company uses.

"We've heard from several sources that many corporate IT departments don't feel any need or urgency to upgrade, and receive very few complaints," the campaigners wrote on their corporate site.

"We see this as a start - the more complaints the IT department gets (especially from the top), the more pressure they'll feel to upgrade."

Employees stuck with IE6 because of legacy applications should be allowed to use a modern browser alongside it, the site said.

The government has recently come under fire for using IE6 across many of its departments, including the Ministry of Defence.