Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 30th Jan 2010 06:58 UTC, submitted by chrisfriberg
Google BBC News reports: Google has begun to phase out support for Internet Explorer 6, the browser identified as the weak link in a "sophisticated and targeted" cyber attack on the search engine. The firm said from 1 March some of its services, such as Google Docs, would not work "properly" with the browser. It recommended individuals and firms upgrade "as soon as possible".
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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

What don't you get Kroc??

Our customers pay us to have their website working in "Every Major Browser" ... which means supporting the shitfest that is IE6 and IE7 ... therefore my job is to make this stuff work in IE6/7 wherever possible.

That is what I get paid to do. If I don't do what I am paid to do I get sacked ... and I really want to lose my job in the middle of a recession.

Edited 2010-01-30 12:04 UTC

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another_sam Member since:
2009-08-19

IE6 is dying so it is clear eventually will be pointless to support it. the question is not what but when.

the expertise of developers should be propagated until those who talk with the client to eventually convince him that supporting IE6 leads to a position where nobody really wants to be.

how to convince? by the numbers, as always. you have to gauge things extensively and find when the extra cost of supporting IE6 is greater than the income it enables. google made his numbers and found that that moment is now.

I think actually many other companies and freelances are in the same situation; just they didn't realize yet.

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another_sam Member since:
2009-08-19

I can give another reference
http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1530934&cid=30962676
IE6 has been identified as bad business also by that company. They even went beyond and identified IE 7 and 8 as well. That's the mechanism. Do numbers, show them to managers, drop IE.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

What don't you get Kroc??


He doesn't get that a lot of these companies have business models that require supporting IE6. Walking out on them will just ensure that someone else does the job. There's plenty of people out of work, they'll easily find someone willing to support IE6.

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