It begins: Google to drop IE6 support

I just got this email in my Google Apps admin mailbox

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!

If browser support was like the stock market, Internet Explorer 6 would be as valuable as GM.

Interesting anecdote that Google makes the claim that Microsoft no longer supports IE6. Then again, if you’re a SharePoint user, Microsoft is planning to leave you out in the cold too. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade, no?

I’d take this time to share some grievances with HTML5 but i’m working on a piece about HTML5 Video for release this weekend.

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7 Comments

  1. Posted January 30, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    And yet Microsoft encourages you to “Download it now to start experiencing the best of the Web.”

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie6/downloa

  2. Posted January 30, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    And yet Microsoft encourages you to “Download it now to start experiencing the best of the Web.”

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie6/downloa

  3. Posted January 30, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    I hope they enjoy trying to browse my site with it — I jumped ship a loooong time ago in regards to IE6 (even though professionally, I fix sites that look like ass in it)

  4. Posted January 30, 2010 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    I hope they enjoy trying to browse my site with it — I jumped ship a loooong time ago in regards to IE6 (even though professionally, I fix sites that look like ass in it)

  5. Linto
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Bad move

  6. Linto
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Bad move

  7. Linto
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Bad move

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