Google Says Goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

Feb 1, 2010 • 8:08 am | comments (4) by | 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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