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Google Officially Phasing Out IE6

Posted by Chris DeMarco on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Much to the annoyance of most web developers, IE6 has continued to hold a surprisingly high share of the browser market, even following the releases of Internet Explorer 7 and 8. Consequently, of course, we’ve been forced to spend hours testing and tweaking our designs – fighting with the outdated browser’s horrible incompatibility and lack of standards compliance – to make websites display properly in the archaic browser, often having to break standards to do so.

This is, of course, in addition to the terrible security concerns the horribly out-of-date browser presents.

Well, a recent announcement by Google may finally shed some hope on this situation. Google has announced that as of the first of March, its Google Docs service will “no longer work properly” on IE6. In other words, Google is no longer going to waste its time doing a ton of extra work tweaking its software to make it work on IE6 while it works every other browser just fine.

Hopefully such a substantial move by an authority as big as Google will finally prompt a transition away from support for the old browser on the internet in general. If that’s the case, it would mean a lot of long-overdue relief for web developers everywhere.

You can learn more at this BBC News story: Google phases out support for IE6

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