Great News! I have been waiting for this moment for a while so I think I would make a post just for the sake of it. I know Google announced this on late January, they said they will stop supporting some of the products on March onward. Google Docs and Google Sites will be the first and youtube on 13 of March!
This is such a great news, all the time, we have been waiting for someone to make the move that could lead us. With the influential of Google, I believe it will stimulate the pace of phasing out old browsers.
The first old browser that came to my mind was the ridiculously outdated IE6. We have such a great technologies out there, but because of IE6, we have to hold back. We can't use background position with transparent PNG and it doesn't support new CSS standards! Too much of IE6 hacks decrease the performance of the website and increase the development and testing times.
According to the survey from Digg, there are 5 reasons why users don't want to upgrade to IE6. Interestingly, most of the users don't have a choice.
- 7% - I can't upgrade because my computer runs an old version of Windows (2000, ME, or 98)
- 37% - I can't upgrade because I don’t have administrator access on my computer.
- 33% - I can't upgrade because someone at work says I can't.
- 17% - I don't feel a need to upgrade.
- 7% - I prefer IE6 to other browsers.
Okay, back to the bright side, apparently, Google isn't the first, some of the websites have already cutting the support of IE6 long time ago. The list will definitely grow longer within this year, 2010 is the year to abandone IE6!
- Google - Modern Browsers for modern applications
- Youtube on March 13th
- Facebook - Facebook ditches support for ie6
- Digg - Much ado about IE6
- 37Signal - Phasing out support for IE 6 across all 37signals products on August 15, 2008
- Reddit, Weebly, whitepages, Disqus, divvyshot, ... - IE6 no more protest
Well, if you're still using IE6, please update your browser and if it's your ICT department's fault, complaint about it! :)