The Death Blow to IE6?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 | Business | by

Web developers are constantly fighting the IE6 battle.

We don’t want to support it, but all too often IE6 represents 10% of our client’s visitors — and you can’t tell a client they can’t talk to 10% of their visitors.  If it’s an ecommerce site that could be a 10% decrease in sales.

Recently many large sites have announced the looming demise of Internet Explorer 6.  Site’s such as Google Docs, Google Sites, YouTube (surprise, a Google company), and many others.  Rumors are spreading this will include Gmail, Google Calendar, and other Google products too (maybe the sacred Google Search).

Internet Explorer 6 – Born 8/27/2001

YouTube to drop IE6 support on March 13, 2010.

Google Docs to drop IE6 support on March 1, 2010.

Google Sites to drop IE6 support on March 1, 2010.

Facebook doesn’t support IE6.

But I Like IE6, What can I do?

First of all, get a real browser.  Don’t expect these sites to stop working on the dates that support is dropped.  This probably only means that developers working on upgrades for the sites (or bugs) will no longer test functionality on IE6.  Realistically, they will still test, but won’t care much when they can’t get something to easily work in IE6.

All sites will most likely continue to work at a certain level in IE6.  After all, this is the resilient internet.

Help Kill IE6

If your site doesn’t support IE6, I will gladly put a link to that page on this site.  Post a comment with your site URL (or one not yet listed), and I will post it in the official page:

Proudly Stopped Support of IE6

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2 Comments to The Death Blow to IE6?

Jackson Williams
February 24, 2010

I have a google site! Win!

seangw
February 24, 2010

Good to hear, going on the list!

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