If you are using Internet Explorer 6 to browse the web, then you might have noticed a colorful warning message on our homepage that went up earlier today. For those of you not on IE6, this is what the IE6 warning looks like.
So why this message?! About a day ago, one of Norway's largest portals kicked off (article translated via Google Translate) what is quickly turning into a global campaign, aimed at getting users of IE6 to upgrade their browser. After Finn, Norway's largest 'news' site jumped on board with a similar warning on their homepage and over the past 24 hours I'd be surprised if any Norwegian on IE6 has not seen this box on some site or another. A collection of screenshots of Norwegian sites with the warning can be found here. It now spans 3 pages and includes probably 80%+ of Norwegian traffic. It's quite incredible co-operation really; all the big sites and a pile of small sites are all coming together and sticking this warning on their home pages or site wide. To top it off, Microsoft issued a press release a few hours ago stating that they support the call to action (unfortunately they haven't just upgraded all versions automatically, but it's a good start ).
The basic underlying thought is upgrade, it really doesn't matter to what browser, as long as an upgrade happens. None of the sites are broken in IE6, but developers are just getting sick and tired of having to jump through hoops for a browser that is 8 years old. To make matters worse, it more or less has to be supported because it still has between 15 and 20% of the market. The moment that dips below 10 you can assume it's going to stop being supported, but till then, we're all kind of stuck with it It's more than just IE6 having quirks and not handling standards like its successor IE7 or the alternatives such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera. It's also a browser riddled with security issues.
Never one to miss out on a good ol' grass roots campaign, and in support of the country I now call home, Travellerspoint is jumping on the bandwagon and adding the warning to our homepage. If you login it disappears, but an even better idea would actually be to upgrade For all you non IE users and IE7 & up users, you shouldn't see anything.