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Google Starts Phasing Out Support for IE6

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It has long been on the cards, but I suspect the recent Chinese Google hacks were the last straw...

Google has announced it will soon no longer support Internet Explorer 6:

"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," said Rajen Sheth, Google Apps Senior Product Manager. "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."

In fairness Google isn't just pushing Chrome, it also recommends - and links to - the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari homepages. Of course we all know where the real problem lies though, and so does Google concluding: "Please take the time to switch your organization to the most up-to-date browsers available." Enterprise at large has long resisted the pressure to upgrade employee browsers because of the infrastructure cost such a move necessitates. So ultimately it seems the only way to force a change is for the biggest companies to stop supporting IE6 - hinder productivity and upgrading becomes the lesser of two evils on the balance sheet.

Who else would you like to see end IE6 compatibility? Come on Microsoft, put your money where your mouth is...

Links:
Google Blog Announcement
IE6 no more

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