Google pulls IE 6 support for Google Reader

The aging platform, IE 6, that some attribute to slower adoption of Internet standards has been dropped by Google Reader.  While this is only a small step towards removing support for IE 6 across the entire Internet, it does continue to show that Google is serious about axing support for IE 6 across most of its products. 

Google is not shy about its plans to remove IE 6 support as it was not too long ago that they stopped supporting IE 6 on YouTube.  According to Techcrunch.com IE 6 is not the only platform that is getting the axe;  "Firefox 1.0 and 2.0, Safari 2.0 and 3.0, and even Chrome versions 1, 2, and 3 are all being pulled."  Google states that by pulling support for the older browsers that they will be able to focus on improving the product rather than fixing issues with the older web browsers.

While pulling the support for IE 6 is a good move, it may not help to remove IE 6 from the Internet sphere.  Unfortunately large corporations are among those who have yet to move to more modern browsers.  Because of the immense testing of legacy systems that is required to upgrade, it is simply not cost effective to upgrade a browser version for new features that will not improve business productivity. 

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It's kinda annoying though all the questions your presented with after installing IE8. I know 80% of my users don't understand them and as always just click Next, Next, Next, Next, Finish.

SK[ said,]It's kinda annoying though all the questions your presented with after installing IE8. I know 80% of my users don't understand them and as always just click Next, Next, Next, Next, Finish.

It asks the same things other browsers do... "Do you want this as default browser?" "Do you want feature X enabled?"

about time i will agree on, it's time to move on to better browsers and by google dropping ie as well as the older browsers it is showing that the old insecure platforms are dead.

It's not cost effective to install a free Windows Update....? It's not like companies would have to invest in training, the majority of users probably use IE 7 or 8 on their personal machines at home.

CoMMo said,
It's not cost effective to install a free Windows Update....? It's not like companies would have to invest in training, the majority of users probably use IE 7 or 8 on their personal machines at home.

It's not that, it's compatibility with existing corporate applications that's the issue. We're upgrading to IE8 where I work this Summer. The UI in multiple apps had to be fixed in order to render correctly with IE8 installed. Similarly at my last job some years back a windows update broke the internal CHM help file due to changes that made.

Businesses don't care about the latest & greatest, they'll just stick with what works until they have no choice but to upgrade

CoMMo said,
It's not cost effective to install a free Windows Update....? It's not like companies would have to invest in training, the majority of users probably use IE 7 or 8 on their personal machines at home.
It costs both time any money to test the updates, deploy them, and ensure that all products that depend on them work..

CoMMo said,
It's not cost effective to install a free Windows Update....? It's not like companies would have to invest in training, the majority of users probably use IE 7 or 8 on their personal machines at home.

That would be because of stubborn adults that cant adapt to the present or the past of technology (past as in FF and IE 7...) or event he future (google chrome)

Edited by Aaron7pm, May 26 2010, 2:47am :

I believe businesses see the whole update procedure to strict, I mean, updating a browser does not include much work.

Personally, I support Google's step of throwing out obsolete software of the support boat, end users should be much more encouraged to keep all the software updated on their PC. This is why I consider Automatic Updates mechanisms of programs as very important.

causa45 said,
I believe businesses see the whole update procedure to strict, I mean, updating a browser does not include much work.

Personally, I support Google's step of throwing out obsolete software of the support boat, end users should be much more encouraged to keep all the software updated on their PC. This is why I consider Automatic Updates mechanisms of programs as very important.


I believe you see the whole update procedure-

I believe you don't see the whole update procedure*

Mike415 said,

I believe you see the whole update procedure-

I believe you don't see the whole update procedure*

No Edit button around here Or what do you mean?

causa45 said,
I believe businesses see the whole update procedure to strict, I mean, updating a browser does not include much work.

Personally, I support Google's step of throwing out obsolete software of the support boat, end users should be much more encouraged to keep all the software updated on their PC. This is why I consider Automatic Updates mechanisms of programs as very important.

sorry, but you have no idea, it's not about the browser perse, it's about all the internal applications using either activex or horrible IE6 code that would need to be updated to work on a modern browser/OS combination. It takes millions of dollars to recode and test all this in a large environment.

XerXis said,

sorry, but you have no idea, it's not about the browser perse, it's about all the internal applications using either activex or horrible IE6 code that would need to be updated to work on a modern browser/OS combination. It takes millions of dollars to recode and test all this in a large environment.

Windows doesn't restrict the amount of Web browsers you can use.. Internal legacy systems could run through IE6.. and get blocked for every other website, and install Firefox 3.6 for everything else.

Yes, some work will be required blocking off parts of firefox.. but at least it would be secure, they have no excuse for using IE6 for external web browsing.

"by pulling support for the older browsers that they will be able to focus on improving the product rather than fixing issues with the older web browsers"
Couldnt agree more.

AKLP said,
"by pulling support for the older browsers that they will be able to focus on improving the product rather than fixing issues with the older web browsers"
Couldnt agree more.

+1

matt_hobbs05 said,
How about supporting Opera?

Didn't know they didn't support Opera... but that's kind of funny... clever haha.

I predict a lawsuit from opera soon.

matt_hobbs05 said,
How about supporting Opera?

Opera needs additional support? If they support Webkit theres a good chance it'll work fine in Opera?

Pc_Madness said,
Opera needs additional support? If they support Webkit theres a good chance it'll work fine in Opera?

Your logic fails; Opera doesn't use webkit therefore compatibility with Opera isn't dependent on compatibility with Webkit. Compatibility is more than just code, there is also the web server detecting what browser is being sued and serving up what is compatible - if the webserver doesn't know how to deal with Opera then it won't be properly supported.

Nightwind Hawk said,

Didn't know they didn't support Opera... but that's kind of funny... clever haha.

I predict a lawsuit from opera soon.


Not all lack of support is because they're locking it out.

rawr_boy81 said,

Your logic fails; Opera doesn't use webkit therefore compatibility with Opera isn't dependent on compatibility with Webkit. Compatibility is more than just code, there is also the web server detecting what browser is being sued and serving up what is compatible - if the webserver doesn't know how to deal with Opera then it won't be properly supported.

Did you mean this? If not, nice mistake

Edited by Riggers, May 25 2010, 11:24am :

matt_hobbs05 said,
How about supporting Opera?

Opera is lame, Google actually doesnt like Opera, and seriously the name? I mean is it pronounced like Opera Winfrey or like Im going to the Opera tonight?