Data published by web analytics companies Statcounter and NetApplications show that the market share of Internet Explorer 6 in the US and Europe has shrunk tremendously over the last twelve months.
Statcounter (opens in new tab) reports that IE6 shares fell from 11.5 per cent to 4.7 per cent with a major shift to IE8 being recorded (up to 30.5 per cent from 8.5 per cent). IE7 as well as suffered a major fall slipping from around 45 percent to 16.6 percent.
Firefox 3.6 is 10 per cent behind IE8.0 at nearly 20 per cent. This means that the overall marketshare of Firefox rises to around 28 per cent.
The figures correspond to what Net Applications (opens in new tab) reports with Google Chrome hitting 7 percent, more than double its market share from one year ago. The death of Internet Explorer 6, a browser that was introduced nearly 10 years ago with Windows XP, couldn't come any sooner.
Youtube, Facebook, Google Reader and other popular online services have already said that they no longer support the browser.
Yet, in many countries across Asia and Africa, IE6 is still widely popular because of the prevalence of Windows XP and older (and slower) computers.
Finally IE6 still has some major support amongst large firms worldwide because of legacy applications designed to run on the browser.
We also reported how some of them are actually sticking to IE6 because it offers a seamless way of blocking timewasters like Facebook.