In a move to help get users off Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 browser, and onto one that’s much better with current web standards, Google has announced that soon it will begin dropping support for the outdated software.
The problem with Internet Explorer 6 is that it fails at running some of the standard features of today’s web development
technologies, meaning that it gives web developers a rather hard time when they put websites together. If the market share were small, this wouldn’t matter so much, but Internet Explorer 6 still holds a decent-sized portion compared to other browsers, due to companies and other organizations refusing to switch from it. Despite the fact that there are many faster, more secure, and generally better browsers, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8, Safari and Firefox, a lot of companies have yet to make the upgrade.
The announcement made on the Google Enterprise Blog states that beginning 1st March, Google Docs and Google Sites will no longer work correctly when viewed in Internet Explorer 6. These two services have a lot of users, so hopefully, this will help make a difference when it comes to what browsers are being used. Keep in mind that the company is only starting with those two; support for Internet Explorer 6 will be phased out as time progresses, giving users some time to switch. The announcement closed with, “2010 is going to be a great year for Google Apps and we want to ensure that everyone can make the most of what we are developing. Please take the time to switch your organization to the most up-to-date browsers available.”