Google Apps Drops Support For IE6

More bad news for the browser that just won't die: Google will phase out support for Internet Explorer 6 over the course of 2010, starting with Google Docs and ending by dropping support for Google Calendar and Gmail. From the support email that just landed in my inbox:

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.


    At last it will be easy to say "If Google isn't doing it then why do you want to?"

    This is great news - anything that helps kill that trainwreck of a browser is a great thing!

    I was recently skiing Japan and realised that a lot of the coffee shops etc that offer free wifi have IE6. WTF?

    If they didn't have IE6 then they had Chrome or Opera.

    Weird huh?

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