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Google phasing out support for IE6
Category : Web Solutions 26 Feb 2010 03:01 AM | Insider News
The news appeared On July the 14th that YouTube would no longer render properly for IE6, and it was greeted with glee by web developers and designers everywhere.
However, Microsoft pointed out to TechRadar that it is already trying to bring its customers onto its latest browser IE8.
As of March 1, Google will no longer support IE6 on its Google Docs and Google Sites services, it announced Friday. IE users will have to upgrade to at least version 7 if they want to use those products, as "many other companies have already stopped supporting older browsers like Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers," the company said in a blog post.
A flaw in IE6 was exploited in the recent cyber attacks against Google and other U.S. companies, and Microsoft scrambled to patch the flaw in a rare out-of-cycle patch release earlier this month. Use of the browser--considered much weaker than more recent versions of IE within the security community--has been dropping with the release of Internet Explorer 8 but it is still being used by 13.5 percent of Web surfers, according to statistics from Stat Counter.
Google set the baseline for other browsers at Firefox 3.0 or higher, Chrome 4.0 or higher, and Safari 3.0 or higher. "...you may find that from March 1, key functionality within these products as well as new Docs and Sites features--won't work properly in older browsers," Google said.