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Norwegian web sites are campaigning to have users dump Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 for a modern browser.

Two of the country's three largest newspapers as well as local newspapers, search engines and ISPs, the Yellow Pages, and other communities have posted a message that ask users to upgrade. Microsoft is also reported to be supporting the effort.

According to one message served up to IE 6 users landing on Finn.no, one of Norway's largest sites:

Heads up: You're using an older version of Internet Explorer.

In order to get the most out of our website, you can get a free update of Internet Explorer. If you're using a work computer, you should contact your IT administrator.

One Reg Reader, Morten Skarstad, emailed to say: "The campaign has been triggered by web developers growing tired of having to hack their otherwise standards compliant pages to render OK in the antiquated browser."

Eight years after it was released - and despite the release of IE 7 in 2006 - IE 6 has refused to go quietly into the night. IE6 had 18.5 per cent of the browser market in January, with IE 7 on 25 per cent, according to W3Schools. Despite being five years more advanced, IE 7 only managed to surpass IE 6 in June last year.

You can read more here, here, and - for Norwegian speakers - here. ®

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