Google also cutting Gmail support for IE6

On January 30th, Neowin reported that Google would begin dropping support for Internet Explorer 6 due to its inability to handle modern-day web technologies. At that point, it was unclear which services were included in this. ComputerWorld reported that, yesterday, a Google spokesman confirmed that Gmail will be among the apps that Google will no longer support in IE6.

"We plan to stop supporting older browsers for the rest of the Google Apps suite, including Gmail, later in 2010"

While dropping IE6 is an essential step in pushing the Internet forward, Gmail's inclusion in the list of apps could prove risky, as IE6 still controls 20.07 percent of today's browser market. True, most Gmail users are probably savvy enough to already be using a more modern web browser, but relying on such an assumption may be a mistake. Perhaps upon visiting Gmail, Google would notify IE6 users of the need to upgrade their browsers. This would be similar to the way Facebook and YouTube have gone about it.

Microsoft is also in agreement, stating on two separate occasions that "We support this recommendation to move off Internet Explorer 6," as well as saying that, "Microsoft has consistently recommended that consumers upgrade to the latest version of our browser." Currently, the no-support list for Google Apps includes IE6, Firefox 2.0, Safari 2.0, and even Chrome 3.0. The inclusion of Chrome really shows how serious Google is about making the web a place of standards and security.

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I thought Gmail already notified IE6 users that they can only use some "more basic" version of Gmail. Like the HTML version or whatever.

"True, most Gmail users are probably savvy enough to already be using a more modern web browser, but relying on such an assumption may be a mistake."

You know they have stats for that sort of thing, right? There's no assumptions being made on the part of Google.

Kudos said,
"True, most Gmail users are probably savvy enough to already be using a more modern web browser, but relying on such an assumption may be a mistake."

You know they have stats for that sort of thing, right? There's no assumptions being made on the part of Google.

hahah I know. When I read that I was like "but you do KNOW that google KNOWS exactly how many people use IE6, right?".

The fact remains that there are those who still need to upgrade. Whether they do or don't it's entirely up to them but the evolution of internet standards stops for no one.

DaMiEn said,
The fact remains that there are those who still need to upgrade. Whether they do or don't it's entirely up to them but the evolution of internet standards stops for no one.

+1. I can't believe how many people try to defend the people using IE6. Next they'll tell me if users still wanted to use IE3 then that's what all web developers should code for.

What about 20.07% of people?
Fantastic... Google will lose "IE6 - 20.07%" share :)

Google = EVIL

http://www.neowin.net/news/ie8-is-now-the-world039s-most-used-browser

mentas said,
What about 20.07% of people?
Fantastic... Google will lose "IE6 - 20.07%" share :)

Google = EVIL

http://www.neowin.net/news/ie8-is-now-the-world039s-most-used-browser

It's time for those 20.07% of people to finally upgrade after all those years. A lot of people are just lazy by nature and won't ever upgrade unless you give them some good motivation.

I think most of the people still on IE6 aren't even aware which browser they are using, or companies with extremely lazy admins.

Menthix said,
It's time for those 20.07% of people to finally upgrade after all those years. A lot of people are just lazy by nature and won't ever upgrade unless you give them some good motivation.

I think most of the people still on IE6 aren't even aware which browser they are using, or companies with extremely lazy admins.

Yep... I can't tell you how often I walk into somebody's cube and find them running IE6, even though the company has (FINALLY!!!) "approved" IE7 for installation (only because they started shipping Vista laptops, which has since stopped).

What? Google won't support my 9 year old browser any more? It had such a great support for web standards! :D
But seriously, IE6 needs to go. And the faster it goes, the better.

Good riddance. If this encourages corporations to upgrade their web browsers (unlikely, considering both offices I've worked at just used Outlook and Exchange, but you never know) then I'm all for it.

Fact is ... old skanky corporations using cruddy old software that only runs via IE6 will probably not even know what Gmail is! LOL! Drop IE6. I swear the moment Google drop it, I will stop supporting it in my web development :)

Spirit Dave said,
Fact is ... old skanky corporations using cruddy old software that only runs via IE6 will probably not even know what Gmail is! LOL! Drop IE6. I swear the moment Google drop it, I will stop supporting it in my web development :)

I wouldn't count on that statement, especially since Google offer their apps for businesses and major UK ISPs even use the Gmail system for their customer webmail (BSkyB for example)

i'd like it if in 3 months time google blocked IE6 alltogether on all their sites, this would force businesses to upgrade to IE8 as pretty much all businesses need google's search engine, bing's search results are poor in comparison, same with yahoo.

torrentthief said,
i'd like it if in 3 months time google blocked IE6 alltogether on all their sites, this would force businesses to upgrade to IE8 as pretty much all businesses need google's search engine, bing's search results are poor in comparison, same with yahoo.

Most businesses that haven't upgraded haven't done so because they can't.

omnicoder said,

Most businesses that haven't upgraded haven't done so because they can't.

Of course they can. It's only a matter of money. Money to move and retrain staff, money to rewrite those awful ActiveX extensions, etc. When MS drops IE6 support too soon enough, watch and see how they can.

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 5 2010, 8:04am :

There's a problem for people using non-XP systems (for whatever the reason)
Looks like a few people will be in for shock upgrades!

Raa said,
There's a problem for people using non-XP systems (for whatever the reason)
Looks like a few people will be in for shock upgrades!
What do you mean by "non-XP systems"? Pre-XP systems? Surely an upgrade would not be a shock for them...

Edited by Kirkburn, Feb 4 2010, 11:31pm :

Raa said,
There's a problem for people using non-XP systems (for whatever the reason)
Looks like a few people will be in for shock upgrades!

how about using an alternative ?

like using Firefox 3.6 in Windows 2000 (which is limited by Ie6) , i did when i had to use W2K

Ci7 said,

how about using an alternative ?

like using Firefox 3.6 in Windows 2000 (which is limited by Ie6) , i did when i had to use W2K

That's fine for 2000, but what about Windows 95 users?

Saburac said,

That's fine for 2000, but what about Windows 95 users?


Don't laugh - there are still some out there...

Raa said,

Don't laugh - there are still some out there...

I'm not going to laugh, but anyone using Windows 95 is probably used to new stuff not working on their computers.

The web is moving forward and people need to move along with it. Of course you don't have to ride the leading edge, but staying 15 years behind is a bit much.

Saburac said,

That's fine for 2000, but what about Windows 95 users?

There are hacks to make Firefox 3/3.5 run on 98, and Firefox 2 works on 95/98 "natively" I think. They'll be fine, lmao.

Saburac said,
That's fine for 2000, but what about Windows 95 users?
Perhaps it's time for those people to voluntarily leave the internet behind and make the world a better place.

tunafish said,
A warning would be nice first. But its only corps that seem to use ie6

Block isn't active yet, so this basically is a warning. There's always Portable Firefox or Chrome which doesnt require admin priveleges when you need another browser.

Ambroos said,

There's always Portable Firefox or Chrome which doesnt require admin priveleges when you need another browser.

Yes, but admins aren't dumb enough to allow those either.