Google Says Goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

Feb 1, 2010 • 8:08 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google announced they will be phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 browsers on their apps. Google said:

Many other companies have already stopped supporting older browsers like Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers. We’re also going to begin phasing out our support, starting with Google Docs and Google Sites. As a result you may find that from March 1 key functionality within these products -- as well as new Docs and Sites features -- won’t work properly in older browsers.

Of course, there are so many companies that only run IE6 on their computers. Plus there are tons of home bound computers that use it. By Google dropping IE6 support when users are trying to access their software, it may force users to upgrade to a newer browser. Guess which browser Google will recommend?

A WebmasterWorld thread has lots of discussion around this move. Some can't believe people still use the old browser. Some people say their company forces them to use it. Some can't wait for IE6 to die so they can stop testing for it. Some ask, whey Microsoft isn't doing a better job moving people off IE6 and onto IE8 or a newer browser.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Michael Butler

02/01/2010 03:08 pm

For companies that are somehow "locked in" to using IE6 (a concept I don't understand fully), it is still possible to install a secondary browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox) alongside IE6 and it won't affect their legacy apps at all. Of course, it is near impossible for IE7 or 8 to coexist with 6.


02/01/2010 03:54 pm

this Google bat idea. Many web developer right now using IE6, this only given right output.

Paul Southall

02/01/2010 03:56 pm

I agree with Google why should they provide support for IE6 whilst other companies don't, it's an old outdated browser. Although I do also think it's to market Google Chrome to increase there market share.


02/01/2010 04:32 pm

IE6 causes nightmares for web developers like myself. Sometimes it gives you insomnia on how it translates thing. Has anybody tried to handle local files with ActiveXObject? Come on.

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