The Danger of Ignoring Web Standards (2) – Internet Explorer 6 Must Die!

web-standards1The old dinosaur of IE6 has taken another step closer to its final demise.

On Friday Google announced that from 1st of March 2010 it will no longer support IE6 and from that date, users of older browsers (IE6 included) may find that key functionality in Google Docs and Google Sites will no longer work properly. Other parts of Google will also stop working as changes are made without the excessive amount of effort required to make web 2.0 sites work in a web 0.5 browser.

Google go on to recommend upgrading to one of the following:-
• IE – At least Version 7
• Firefox – Version 3+
• Google Chrome – Version 4+
• Safari – Version 3+

As Project Manager at Zeta I would go further and recommend that you install the most current version of your chosen browser as IE 7 is already outdated with IE 8 being the current version of Internet explorer.

With Google now running as much as 13% of all active internet sites either directly or on behalf of one of the various services Google provides, this is going to make it very difficult for people to put off upgrading for much longer.

So what are you waiting for… Update your web browser now if you have not already!

Chris Rogers

A passionate developer with an exceptional all round knowledge across web and apps, Chris is a walking bubble of energy.

  • Sarah

    Are Microsoft going to do another IE6 with IE9?

    It looks like the idea is to lock people into IE9 by adding IE9 specific APIs on the back of HTML5

    We could end up with IE9 living on into the 2020s

  • Windows 9x, NT and 2K have less than 1% of market share combined while IE6 has 18.41%. More people browse the web on their iPhones & iPods than on Windows 2000 and 9X.

    What we are dealing with here is a lack of education.
    Google should be applauded for forcing users to educate themselves and then make the logical choice: upgrade.

    It takes industry titans to be able to be able to make such bold steps and if Google gains some commercial advantage as a result they deserve it. Google has driven innovation on the web while Microsoft has done its best to box people in a stifle competition.

  • Ed

    This is just Google playing politics. It’s nothing more than Google indulging their dislike of Microsoft, by going in for the good old sport of Microsoft-bashing: this time in the hope of gaining a commercial advantage, by enhancing the user-base for their own web browser, Chrome, at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

    Google has a financial interest in rubbishing IE6, so this is not an unbiased assessment of that browser, merely a blatent piece of opportunism following Google’s well-publicised alleged problems with IE6 over the last few days.

    The reality is that Google are only planning to upgrade some unimportant aspects of their website. The search engine, the important bit, will continue to function normally in IE 5 and IE 6.

    Many IE6 users are running some version of Windows 9x, on an older computer, one that isn’t capable of running IE7. So what Google is really saying is: we demand that you buy a new computer, and a new Operating System, and all-new Windows NT software.

    Well, no one is going to do that! Not because one search engine makes a trivial change to its website. Although they might not think so, even if Google disappears tomorrow there are plenty of other search engines.