Microsoft has been strongly encouraging people to dump IE6 for years now. The problem is that some corporations refuse to upgrade and webmasters refuse to dump support for IE6.
If webmasters didn't support IE6, people would have no choice but to upgrade. According the graphic in the news story provided by the original poster, only 1% of web surfers are using IE6 in the United States.
If ever there was a final point for webmasters to make a decision to stop supporting IE6 now is it!
About Microsoft's automatically upgrading IE6 without the computer owner's consent, this was said:
"This is an important step in helping to move the Web forward," wrote Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager of Internet Explorer business and marketing, on a company blog.
If more webmasters felt that way--especially around here at Sitepoint where many insist on supporting IE6--that buggy, insecure browser may have died off years earlier.
If webmasters want the web to move forward--and I'm sure most around here do--the first step is to not support ancient browsers. Otherwise, the web will move forward at a snail's pace.