Google and the end of IE6

February 2nd, 2010 | Industry

Web designers and developers have long complained about the restrictions developing with considerations for older browsers like IE6 places them under (find out what the fuss is here).

Recent statistics show that the other IE versions are growing in popularity – this means the average user is making browser updates. The biggest hold-back is the larger company or organization (including the Canadian Government no less). Upgrading OS or browser isn’t a simple matter; many rely on apps and intranets that have been optimized to IE6. A change of browser could cost millions of dollars as changes to age-old systems need to be made.

Yesterday Google issued this statement which could mean the beginning of the end for IE6:

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology.  This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5.  As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010.  After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser.  We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.

In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience.  We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

The Google Apps team

If you haven’t upgraded to a modern Internet browser and have the ability to do so check out any of the following:

Google Chrome

Mozilla FireFox

Internet Explorer

3 Responses to “Google and the end of IE6”

  1. Derek says:

    Where’s the link to Safari? It’s faster, more secure, and more reliable than IE.

    Just sayin’

    :)

  2. ArleyM says:

    Quite right Derek. You actually raise an excellent point; there are a lot of browsers out there and it might just come down to personal preference.

    For the reader who doesn’t really understand the difference, but is willing to upgrade to stay modern; the three listed above and Safari are the most popular.

    For the savvy nerd who really wants to figure it all out, you can easily make the decision as complicated as you like! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_browsers

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