Google joins the 'kill-IE6' campaign

Google joins the 'kill-IE6' campaign
Google joins the 'kill-IE6' campaign 

By Gregg Keizer
January 31, 2010 

Google has announced that Google Docs will drop support for Microsoft's 
nearly nine-year-old Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) browser starting on March 

Ironically, if Google had taken its anti-IE6 advice to heart before 
hackers broke into its corporate network last year, it might not now be 
mulling whether to abandon the Chinese search market.

"We're going to begin phasing out our support, starting with Google Docs 
and Google Sites," said Rajen Sheth, senior product manager for Google 
Apps, in a Friday entry on the company's enterprise blog. "As a result, 
you may find that from March 1 key functionality within these products 
-- as well as new Docs and Sites features -- won't work properly in 
older browsers." Google Sites is the search engine's free Web hosting 

Google's new list of supported browsers omits IE6, as well as other 
older programs, including Mozilla's Firefox 2.0, Apple's Safari 2.0 and 
Google's own Chrome 3.0. IE6 is by far the oldest browser of the bunch, 
with an August 2001 debut. In comparison, Firefox 2.0 dates to October 
2006, Safari 2.0 to April 2005 and Chrome 3.0 to September 2009.


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