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Does Internet Explorer Suck?

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August 30, 2010

For those of us who are still supporting Internet Explorer 6 (grudgingly at least) there is always an endless array of new and exciting bugs to account for. Thankfully the number of users who call IE6 home are finally in a steady decline, as more and more PC users are replacing their antiques with the next generation Windows 7 equipped machines.

Browser Statistics Month by Month*

2010 IE8 IE7 IE6 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
July 15.6% 7.6% 7.2% 46.4% 16.7% 3.4% 2.3%
June 15.7% 8.1% 7.2% 46.6% 15.9% 3.6% 2.1%
May 16.0% 9.1% 7.1% 46.9% 14.5% 3.5% 2.2%
April 16.2% 9.3% 7.9% 46.4% 13.6% 3.7% 2.2%
March 15.3% 10.7% 8.9% 46.2% 12.3% 3.7% 2.2%
February 14.7% 11.0% 9.6% 46.5% 11.6% 3.8% 2.1%
January 14.3% 11.7% 10.2% 46.3% 10.8% 3.7% 2.2%

* Statistics come with our thanks from w3schools.com (http://w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp)

The sharp decline in antiquated browser usage is evident from the table above. Of course, the 7.2% can be a lot higher or a lot lower based on your own site's visitors. While the frustration can run high troubleshooting more complicated and feature rich sites in IE6, the content needs to at least be presentable. If you are building a site that you know will be frequented by IE6 users, such as a web applidation that serves as an Intranet portal for employees who may not have a choice of browser in the matter, why bother with sophisticated multi-layered designs? The key is knowing where to draw the line and being able to decide how much time you are willing and able to spend optimizing your site for IE.

In fact, IE6 is so popular in its inpopularity in the web development community that there is a pleuthra of sites dedicated to explaining just how truly frustrating it is to develop for. These sites range from outraged venting sessions to informational and everywhere inbetween. Performing a keyword search for "internet explorer sucks" will in the very least provide you with sites full of entertaining banter.

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