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Tech Tip: Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Old Web Browsers

by | Mar 16, 2011

“Friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer 6. And neither should acquaintances.” This is a quote from Microsoft’s site, The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown,, encouraging users of the decade-old browser, Internet Explorer 6 to upgrade to a modern browser. The website is striving to get worldwide use of IE6 down below 1%. According to the website, the IE6 use around the world is currently at 12%. It is 2.9% in the US. It is 35% in China.

Below are some statistics of the web browsers that visitors to use:

Web Browser Percent of Users
IE6 7
IE 7, 8 or 9 42
Firefox 30
Chrome 13
Safari 3
Opera 1


IE6 was released in August 2001. Approaching its tenth birthday, it is time for any IE6 users to upgrade to a more modern web browser. At Snowbound Software, we strongly recommend that you use the most recent version of a modern browser such as Chrome, Safari or Firefox to get the best performance and experience when using our products, particularly the VirtualViewer Java AJAX viewer.

There are many reasons to use a current, modern web browser; here are three very important ones:

●      Security: If you use an older browser, your web browser and computer are vulnerable to security attacks. Older browsers are not updated with current security fixes. This can result in stolen passwords and malicious software and viruses infecting your computer. Modern web browsers are also automatically updated with the latest security fixes. This means that you don’t have to worry about making sure that your browser has the most recent security fixes.

●      Staying Current: The latest features on websites and web applications may not be available if you use an older browser. Modern browsers include support for HTML5 and the most updated version of CSS (cascading style sheets) and JavaScript. Using a modern browser also improves performance and speed. HTML5 and CSS3 provide progressive enhancements for browsing the Internet including greater control of web forms, video, audio, interactivity and security.

●      Innovation: Currently, many forward thinking companies such as YouTube, Google Apps and Saleforce have already dropped support for IE6 with many more joining their ranks each day. Websites are being created for the most advanced browsers, and web developers are using techniques such as graceful degradation to accommodate antiquated browsers like IE6. Web developers who continue to support IE6 have to develop their applications for the lowest common denominator. Instead of spending their time developing web applications that can use the latest technology, developers supporting IE6 have to keep in mind how their web application will function for IE6 users. It’s only a matter of time until the majority of web developers stop supporting IE6 for the sake of more advanced features.


To get the most out of our products, Snowbound Software strongly encourages you to use the most recent version of one of the following web browsers:

●      Google Chrome. Click here to get the most recent version:

●      Apple Safari. Click here to get the most recent version:

●      Mozilla Firefox. Click here to get the most recent version: