"What we're doing with the outreach is help users understand how to protect themselves against social engineering threats that exist and to help people understand how Internet Explorer 8 puts people in control of their own privacy online," said Ryan Servatius, senior product manager for Internet Explorer.
Security was one of the big problems with IE 6, and Microsoft now boasts that security features in IE 8 block 2 million malware sites a day.
Web developers often gripe about having to support IE 6, which doesn't support many modern features for more sophisticated Web sites and even applications.
Microsoft acknowledges that it's holding back development of the Internet, too.
Microsoft has discontinued support for Internet Explorer ending with Internet Explorer 11 and cannot be upgraded past version 11.
Internet Explorer 11 is only available for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and is included in Windows 10 even though the Microsoft Edge browser is the default browser in Windows 10.
Alternatively, you could use a different web browser altogether: for example: Google's Chrome browser or Mozilla's Firefox browser.
If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 then your computer will already have Internet Explorer 11 installed.