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Google to stop supporting IE6!

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

Friday, January 29, 2010
14 years ago3,332 views

From 1st March Docs and Sites will no longer fully support it
Gmail and Calendar later in the year.

Anyone on this forum still use it? I've even got my mum to switch to Firefox! (2.0, she's stubbornly hanging on to her Win98SE laptop for as long as possible)

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

I don't, but we should consider this when considering IE6

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

At work many computer still use IE6 because of a webapplication which doesn't work with anything else. Many people *CAN'T* change their browser, even if they want, don't forget that.

Edit : Jérôme is faster than me ;-)
[ ~ edit by myself]

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

PS: from (poll submitted to Diggers). Nice from Google to start with Google Apps stuff since they are more and more adopted by companies, with which the shift needs to start.

DeSalvionjr [PersonRank 2]

14 years ago #

Google has sent out this email to apps users:
Dear Google Apps admin,​

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 next 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!


The Google Apps team

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Google Inc.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043


Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

14 years ago #

This is quite a brave move, when IE6 still has around 15% share (depending which website you're measuring it on).

Heck, there are still new computers being sold with IE6. For example, Dell's is still selling netbooks that come with Windows XP and IE6.

I remember many years ago when Google stopped supporting HTML version 2. This was when they introduced ads on the right-hand-side (they had previously had ads at the top), and the HTML2 tables didn't properly resize the columns when the browser window size was changed. I recall them making a point of saying that the number of HTML2 users was under one percent at the time.

As a webmaster I still support IE6 at, where there are paying customers. But last year I stopped supporting IE6 at when some of the Wordpress plugins that I use stopped working with IE6. Ironically, since then the Wordpress plugin authors have fixed their plugins, and the Quezi once again (unintentionally) supports IE6.

Quezi: What is the IE6 Death March?

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