This is a major step in the right direction for Youtube, as well as for the entire internet community. With a website as widespread and well known as Youtube directing IE6 users to modern web browsers, this could be the beginning of IE6’s long-awaited downfall. Other websites are sure to follow suite.
Microsoft’s failure to take action and shift it’s Internet Explorer users to newer versions of the web browser is largely responsible for keeping IE6 afloat. They should have made an attempt a long time ago to keep their users updated to the latest version of the software.
The recent Windows auto updates that helped install Internet Explorer 8 on computers everywhere may have contributed to the cause, but help was far overdue. When IE6 was released in 2001 there were no complaints. But as the internet evolved and more modern web browsers were released in following years, things had to change. Despite the constant uproar from the online community action was not taken against IE6, even as newer versions were released.