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    Google to send Internet Explorer 6 users packing come March
    By Emil Protalinski | Last updated January 31, 2010 3:15 PM
    Google is continuing to kill off support for Internet Explorer 6 in its services; the search giant has announced that two more of its Web properties will stop supporting IE6 as of March 1. "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," a blog post on the Official Google Enterprise Blog begins to explain. "We're also going to begin phasing out our support, starting with Google Docs and Google Sites. As a result 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." Older browsers, according to Google, include anything prior to IE7, Firefox 3.0, Chrome 4.0, and Safari 3.0.

    Although one might think this is a reaction to the Internet Explorer's vulnerabilities notably exploited in the recent series of Chinese-based attacks against Google and 30 other tech companies, which Microsoft has since patched, the truth is Google has already done this with many of its other products. Google's Orkut and YouTube started phasing out IE6 support about six months ago and Google has been using Gmail to convert IE6 users to Chrome for over a year.

    Google's stance on IE6 varies from Microsoft's because the search giant does not need to support Windows XP, the operating system with which IE6 first shipped, as long as Microsoft (which will support XP and IE6 until April 8, 2014). Google can thus pull IE6 support on its many Web properties and urge users to upgrade. Microsoft, on the other hand, which has stated time and time again that it wants to see IE6 disappear as much as anyone else, won't force anyone to upgrade (though it's worth noting that the software giant's Office Web Apps won't support IE6 either, just like Google Docs). Instead, it says the decision is ultimately up to the user, touting IE8's many features over IE6, particularly in the area of security, in an attempt to push users to upgrade. IE6 ended 2009 with a market share of 20.99 percent.


     
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    all I can think of to say is this: :m034:
     
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    Yes, please. My hometown library's internet computers use IE6. I feel like I'm back in the Myspace/XP era. No tabs? Seriously? Hell, one of the catalog computers uses IE 5.1 on Windows 95 at 800x600. Security is a joke - you can't use ctrl+c or ctrl+v, but you can use ctrl+alt+delete.

    Come to think of it, I should volunteer there over the summer. They really need it.
     
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    I fully support this. About damn time.
     
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    Good. IE6 sucks hairy, fat balls.
     
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    so your the one who uses ie5.1

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    I doubt it, I haven't been to the library in months. Although now you've got me curious...

    http://www.oldversion.com/
    oh my god, it's like an internet museum
     
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    Oh my god. Netscape navigator 4.03. This was my first browser, when I was in kindergarten and a tower with a pentium 133mhz cost 2500.

    /nostalgia

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    Opera 2.12, released the day before my 6th birthday

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    lol isn't shai the one who normally does this, i was going to edit the thread title, but since its shai's we can all point and laugh
     
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    ...right... That's why IE7 installs automatically when you're patching a clean install of XP. Most IE6 I see is either on Windows 2000 installs or in corporate networks when IE7 is "still being regression tested" and whatnot.
     
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    I just got a warning from youtube that they are stopping the suport for my browser

    So I think I'm the one using IE6.0

    my company just upgraded to windows XP :shocked::shocked::shocked::shocked: yes I know!!!

    so it will be again a decade untill we upgrade again, grrr
     
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