Microsoft: Dump IE6 now

Here’s a warning straight from the browser’s maker: Internet Explorer 6 is past its expiration date.

A new marketing campaign from Microsoft likens the nine-year-old browser to nine-year-old milk.

The message, of course, recommends IE8 as the best replacement, citing a company-funded research study in which IE8 blocked malware in 85% of cases (compared to Firefox 3’s 29%, Safari 4’s 29% and Chrome’s 17%).

Microsoft has been urging users to ditch the old browser for than a year now, but some holdouts still remain. Despite a significant plunge in recent months, IE6 still commands a 17% market share, ComputerWorld reports.

Also, despite the message that the browser is spoiled, IE6 won’t technically expire until April 8, 2014. That’s when Microsoft will stop issuing security updates.

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