UK government urged to dump ancient browser

Following unprecedented moves by both the French and German governments to wean their populations off of Microsoft's ancient and irreparably insecure web browser Internet Explorer 6, a Downing Street petition is urging the UK government to follow suit.

Many government departments, including the NHS, still use the creaking browser and the petition says that developers are being put under unnecessary pressure to develop packages which work with the decade old software.

IE6 still accounts for more than 20 per cent of browser use with the latest iteration, IE8 grabbing just over 22 per cent.

IE6 was somehow blamed for the security breach which caused Google to fall out with China recently, as well as a number of other high-profile hack attacks.

Google also recently announced it would stop supporting IE 6.0 for use with its cloud-based Google Docs system.