Google pulls off its support for Internet Explorer 6 on 1st Mar

Google says that it will drop support of IE 6 for Google Docs on Mar 1. High on the priority list is Internet Explorer 6, but also included are Chrome 3, Firefox 2, and Safari 2 in the future.  Having Chrome 3 on the list is something of a surprise! 

The phasing out support of these older browsers starts on March 1st, 2010 beginning with Google Docs and Site Editor. Later in the year, the support for Gmail and Calendar will be pulled off!

I just received this below email from the Google Apps team, few minutes back! 

Dear Google Apps admin,​ 

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated 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! 

Sincerely, 

The Google Apps team 

2 comments

  1. It's about time. I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't come out and said “Ya know what, that whole IE6 thing…yeah, we we're just kidding about that”.

    I learned my lesson the hard way when I realized that a site I was developing and using only IE6 to test it in, yeah, didn't go so well once I opened it up in Firefox. I lost many hours trying to get the site to work in both…too many hours.

    Once I started with Firefox and do my secondary testing in IE, then all was well with the world.

  2. Cannot agree more with you Wayne. You are absolutely right!

    Most of the times, even when I make a modification to this site design, i first test it on Safari, Mozilla and then look at IE.

    Chrome seems to be really good for all Google suite websites (as they use java scripts predominantly..!).

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