Us web designers have known it for a long time and now thankfully Google have confirmed it – Internet Explorer 6 is past it! If only Microsoft would also take the bull by the horns and kill it off it would make our lives so much easier.
When building a site, a huge amount of time can be taken up with re-engineering bits of the code to work in IE 6. It affects our productivity and ultimately costs our clients more money so anything that goes some way to ending the life of this pain in the web designer’s backside can only be a good thing!
Here’s the email sent out by Google last night:
Dear Google Apps admin,
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