IE6 Now Accounts For 5 Percent Of Browser Market

Shares of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 browser have fallen down to a mere five per cent of the global browser marketshare.

According to a report by PC Mag, statistics compiled by Microsoft have revealed that the market share of its decade old Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) has dropped to its lowest yet (ed : it accounts for only 3.6 per cent of our traffic).

The news comes a month after Microsoft launched a campaign encouraging businesses to upgrade to higher and more advanced versions of the web browser.

“IE6 is a nine-year-old web browser and doesn't sufficiently protect users from the latest security threats. Microsoft is urging customers to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer so that they are not leaving themselves vulnerable." the company stated while launching the campaign.

Last week, social networking website Facebook said that an updated version of Facebook Chat will not work with the web browser, citing endless disruptions during chat session.

However, Microsoft is struggling to convince users of Internet Explorer 6 in countries including India and China to switch to IE7 or IE8.

Microsoft will launch a beta version of IE9 in September; the browser will come with enhanced page rendering technology and HTML 5 support.