YES! Google Apps is NOT supporting IE6!

IE6 has been a thorn with web developers everywhere. It's a start.

February 2nd, 2010 at 11:00am — Comments: (0) — By: Jonathan Danylko — Tags: Google

This morning, I received an email that the Google Apps team will be phasing out IE6.

All I can say is...it's about time! IE6 has always been a sore topic with me.

Anyways, here's the email:

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

One thing that I have a problem with is the ability to upgrade a desktop browser. It is a simple click of a button to update the browser. If the intranet doesn't support IE7 or IE8, then the web site wasn't built according to W3C specifications and the web site is then considered a hack.

Hmmm...Do I seem bitter?

UPDATE: InfoWorld ust posted this about an IE flaw that gives hackers access to user files, Microsoft says.

Any thoughts on this? Am I wrong in thinking this? Give me your thoughts in the comments.

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Jonathan Danylko is a freelance web architect and avid programmer who has been programming for over 20 years. He has developed various systems in numerous industries including e-commerce, biotechnology, real estate, health, insurance, and utility companies.

When asked what he likes doing in his spare time, he answers..."programming."

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