Will the Real Browser Stats Please Stand Up?

Recently, Mashable published an article entitled “IE6 Finally Nearing Extinction”, announcing that IE6 usage in the United States and Europe have finally dropped below 5%.

That news probably warmed the cockles of the hearts of web designers everywhere. Thus, it seems designers and developers now have even more incentive to stop supporting IE6, following the pattern set by Google, notably with regards to YouTube.

The stats in the Mashable article are based on StatCounter Global Stats. In this article, I’ll provide some food for thought by way of some alternative statistics that in many ways contradict the sources for the article published by Mashable.

These stats should drive home the point that every website is different, and that in some cases it may still be necessary to provide a fairly decent experience in IE6, while progressively enhancing design and functionality for newer browsers.

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Recently, Mashable published an article entitled “IE6 Finally Nearing Extinction”, announcing that IE6 usage in the United States and Europe have finally dropped below 5%.

That news probably warmed the cockles of the hearts of web designers everywhere. Thus, it seems designers and developers now have even more incentive to stop supporting IE6, following the pattern set by Google, notably with regards to YouTube.

The stats in the Mashable article are based on StatCounter Global Stats. In this article, I’ll provide some food for thought by way of some alternative statistics that in many ways contradict the sources for the article published by Mashable.

These stats should drive home the point that every website is different, and that in some cases it may still be necessary to provide a fairly decent experience in IE6, while progressively enhancing design and functionality for newer browsers.

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40 Great Adobe AIR Applications for Designers and Developers

Adobe AIR is one of the most under-appreciated application platforms, but the number of applications available for AIR make it incredibly useful.

There are apps for everything from business to shopping to image management to video editing.

And plenty of applications are useful to designers and developers, including HTML text editors, Flickr search apps, color palette management tools and even ones to help with the business side of the industry.

Below are 40 awesome AIR apps that we have selected to help you streamline your design and development workflow.


Adobe AIR is one of the most under-appreciated application platforms, but the number of applications available for AIR make it incredibly useful.

There are apps for everything from business to shopping to image management to video editing.

And plenty of applications are useful to designers and developers, including HTML text editors, Flickr search apps, color palette management tools and even ones to help with the business side of the industry.

Below are 40 awesome AIR apps that we have selected to help you streamline your design and development workflow.