I just received an email from Google that brought a tear to my web-developer-eye:
“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. … 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."
Wow. I thought this day would never come. I personally hope this will begin to force all of those IT departments and software manufactures that went “all-in” on MSIE 6 to rethink their solutions.
My workplace just recently in the last year made MSIE 7 the officially supported browser for people using Windows. While still a step behind, it’s notably better than MSIE 6. I’m curious if any of you are still stuck with trusty ol’ v6.