In the last 6 or so months some of the largest websites on the Internet today have stopped supporting Internet Explorer 6, does that mean that we should too?
Google, an extremely large corporation which owns and develops a great deal of web apps, widely used throughout the business world have stopped supporting Internet Explorer 6, could that be saying something?
It can be said that using Google as an example is biased being that they develop and maintain their own browser, Chrome, however, they have maintained their sites and apps to support IE 6 for a long time so why shouldn’t we count this as a vote?
Another example would be Facebook, as far as I can tell they are phasing out IE 6 as much as they can and eventually it will not be supported at all. So a social networking platform with over 400 million active users is giving IE6 the cut – a statement is being made here, surely?
Let’s face it, IE 6 is a real pain to support and the reasoning behind that is simple, Microsoft’s antics. Can a browser being insufficient be the cause of users still relying on said browser to suffer?
I’m rather certain that millions of pounds a year could be saved by companies if their developers didn’t have to spend so much time supporting IE6.
Having said what I’ve wanted to say, there are always two sides to the story, lack of support means others will suffer however lack of support means others will gain.
I’ve weighed up the pros and cons and my vote lays with flushing IE6 down the toilet, I am however interested in reading what you think?