And so do we.
Internet Explorer 6.0 was released on August 27, 2001. More than 8 years ago! That considered, it is a miracle IE6 still has a stunning 10.6% market penetration! That is more than Safari (3.6%) and Opera (2.3%) combined.
It is important that companies like Google are officially and vocally dropping support on these ancient browsers. It saves the rest of the web developers a lot of time and frustration. No longer we have to make different versions of the same site, just to support stubborn, or more often, lazy users who refuse to upgrade.
So what browser should you use? All-round we recommend using Firefox (http://www.firefox.com). It is the most complete and extendable browser. The majority of the interweb users agree: it has a market share of 46%. If you prefer speed and a slick interface, Chrome (http://www.google.com/chrome) is a good alternative, but not as feature rich as Firefox.
Let's hope IE 7 and IE8 won't last for 9 years. The foresights are good though; both Germany and France already warn their citizens against of use of Internet Explorer all together due to bad security.
Browser Statistics Month by Month.< http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp> (Retrieved 3 February 2010).
France joins Germany warning against Internet Explorer. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8465038.stm> (Retrieved 3 February 2010).