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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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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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

In my company as long as IE6 has more than a 5% market share we will be supporting it. Some of our customers actually run IE6 and IE7... so they will expect their website to look right in the browser.

TBH I expect we will be having the same discussion about having to support IE7, IE8 in 5 years time.

Edited 2010-01-30 18:37 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

They even went beyond and identified IE 7 and 8 as well. That's the mechanism. Do numbers, show them to managers, drop IE.


Oh give me a break. If even 5% of your sales come from IE6 users it doesn't make sense to drop support. I hate IE6 too but I also understand that eCommerce companies pay for traffic and it doesn't make sense to block a browser if there isn't a net gain in development savings. A big company like Amazon would lose millions a year if they blocked IE6.

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