Microsoft uses Twitter to encourage IE8 upgrade

Microsoft has launched a social media campaign using Twitter to encourage web users to upgrade Internet Explorer 6.0 to the latest release.

Microsoft has launched a social media campaign using Twitter to encourage web users to upgrade Internet Explorer 6.0 to the latest release.

A countdown site, shows that 25% of IE users globally are still on version 6.0, with 3.3% of UK users running the browser. Microsoft hopes the campaign will lower the number of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) users to fewer than 1%. China has the largest proportion of IE6 users, at 34.5%. Microsoft says the 10-year-old IE6 lacks modern web standards and provides an unsatisfactory user experience.

Microsoft is is encouraging users to upgrade to a more modern browser, such as Internet Explorer 8, or the forthcoming Internet Explorer 9.

While home users can easily upgrade IE, or swap it for Google Chrome or Firefox, IE6 is still used in companies. Microsoft will support IE6 until 2014 and corporate applications such Oracle eBusiness Suite and SAP support IE6.

Computer Weekly has previously reported, users experiencing compatibility problems upgrading to IE8 and IE9.

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