Microsoft is putting more emphasis on getting rid of its own menace than launching products people want. Internet Explorer was one of those products where Microsoft tried to change the way the web works and make it theirs, which failed. For years developers had to create separate versions of their websites to make them compliant to IE6 (Microsoft is still doing proprietary things today, such as limiting embedded CSS, again forcing developers to jump through hoops).
In Microsoft’s own words: “Friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer 6. And neither should acquaintances. Educate others about moving off of Internet Explorer 6”. A dangerous proposition for Microsoft, because a re-evaluation of the browser on an old computer leads to a reevaluation of the computer. And today’s best computers are not running Microsoft.
But what is more interesting to see is how many people still use this outdated browser and thus, use an outdated computer. More than 1/3 of internet users in China use an old computer, other countries with quite a bit of stale information technologies are India, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam.
All great candidates for post PC era iPads.