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YouTube Cans IE6 Support On 13 March

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YouTube Cans IE6 Support On 13 March

Wow, you really don't want to get on Google's bad side...

Earlier this month the search giant announced that it was going to phase out Internet Explorer 6 support in Google Docs and "Google sites" and so it now turns out full compatibility with YouTube also isn't long for this world.

A neat piece of digging from Ars Technica has unearthed 13 March will be the wow-that's-soon cut off date buried deep in Google's support pages.

"The Web evolves quickly and we are evolving with it," says Google in a YouTube FAQ. "The latest YouTube interstitial is part of a campaign to encourage users to update their browsers in order to enhance their overall site experience... users will be able to watch YouTube videos in the older browsers, however, some features that we launch in the weeks and months ahead may not be supported in these browsers."

Google advises users head over to WhatBrowser.org which the company has setup to point out the value of a modern browser and, in fairness, it doesn't push Chrome over any of its other main rivals (though I would recommend it having switched from five years of Firefox late last year).

Now if only Microsoft would pay more than lip service to Internet Explorer upgrades and start pulling support as well. Once that happens the IE6 ball and chain on web development will truly be cut...


YouTube Browser Support Page

via Ars Technica

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February 24, 2010, 8:28 pm

The videos will still continue to play so it's not to big a deal. And if their "overall site experience" involves the gaudy trinkets they usually litter their site with than good riddance.


February 24, 2010, 10:08 pm


Yes those trinkets don't work well in most modern browsers a brilliant QA dept.


February 24, 2010, 10:51 pm

if any home users are still using IE6 then I would guess this is only a good thing to force them to upgrade

as for corporate users who somehow still are required to use IE6 it shouldn't effect them because I guess their not supposed to watch youtube at work ;)


February 25, 2010, 2:20 am

I love it that Mrs Opera is the second in line after their own Chrome, which is obvious. :3


February 25, 2010, 3:42 am

Slightly related - When is firefox 4 due out?


February 25, 2010, 4:20 am

TR's stance against IE6 is getting wearying, at least report that this applies to all even-slightly-old browsers such as Firefox 2.0.

Tony Walker

February 26, 2010, 1:38 am

@Jay - what if you're allowed to use t'internet on your break?

@Xiphias - TR's stance against IE6 is fully justified. Their HTML was so non-standard at this time that a lot of sites (written purely for IE) didn't work properly or at all in better browsers.

Best ever browser was IBM's that came with OS/2 Warp. They were my first ISP too.

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