Browser compatibility expert argues: ditch IE6/7 support now

As reported by .net last week, Microsoft has announced that it's to start auto-updating Internet Explorer, taking users who consent to the latest version of the browser that their systems support. The plan builds on Microsoft's earlier efforts to eradicate old versions of its browser from the web, including the Internet Explorer 6 countdown. Responding to this, Peter-Paul Koch has decided on his QuirksMode blog to track the progress of various flavours of IE, to see how Microsoft's decision will affect global and regional browser landscapes.

When breaking down Internet Explorer traffic by region, it's clear IE6 is already largely obsolete, and even IE7 has relatively little traffic. On that basis, Koch wonders whether web designers should even care about those browsers any more. He suggests you probably shouldn't test sites in them, or, as an alternative, should charge clients more for doing so.

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