Three weeks ago, Microsoft announced it would begin to automatically upgrade IE6 and IE7 on Windows XP to IE8 this month in Australia and Brazil, and gradually expand the program in 2012 to other countries.
During the months it beat the "kill IE6" drum, Microsoft has said nothing of IE7's future, perhaps because that 2006 browser currently controls only 4.8 percent of the browser usage market, far below its peak of 35.9 percent in January 2009.
Microsoft may have some negotiating to do if it follows the advice of one commenter on Capriotti's blog, and decides to launch an IE7 deathwatch site: A Canadian man identified as Jonathan Reinink registered ie7countdown.com, as well as the ie8countdown.com and ie9countdown.com domains, last March, according to Web records. Reinink grabbed those URLs the same day Microsoft launched ie6countdown.com.
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