Goodbye, Internet Explorer 6. Enjoy hell.

Internet Explorer 6 is going to hell.
Internet Explorer is the devil. Graphic by Ricky Salsberry

This week I received an email so beautiful I had to share it with the world. It said that Google will no longer support Internet Explorer 6. This means that maybe… just maybe, the day when I can completely ignore that buggy browser is a bit closer. If you didn’t receive this hope infused email, here it is:

“Dear Google Apps admin,

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more advanced 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 this 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”

Sigh… Google has leaned a little toward the dark side since initially declaring “Don’t be evil”, but this move completely lives up to that mantra. And for this step toward the light I would like to recommend their browser: Google Chrome. Google Chrome is an Internet Explorer killer. If you use IE 666. Stop. Download Google Chrome and enjoy the internet.

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One response to “Goodbye, Internet Explorer 6. Enjoy hell.”

  1. It's still a pain in the butt!

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