WordPress gives IE6 the boot!

It seems like yesterday when Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 garnered over 90% of the browser marketshare, and Firefox was in its infancy.  But those weren't the good old days -- there were many security vulnerabilities, poor standards support, and lack of tabbed browsing. 

Browsers really have come a long way since, and as such, WordPress has decided to drop support for IE6 in an announcement on their blog,

"With this update, WordPress has discontinued support for Internet Explorer 6. It has required increasingly complex code trickery to make the WordPress dashboard work in the IE6 browser, which was introduced 10 years ago and does not support current web standards..."

You might be wondering about how bad the new Dashboard looks with IE6, and unfortunately, it does a fair job of mangling many of the visual elements, as evidenced below:


Click the image for larger view - Source: WordPress

WordPress is certainly not alone in dropping support for IE6, Microsoft is encouraging companies to upgrade to newer browsers.  The Windows Team Blog has even posted a blog entry, thanking WordPress for ending support on IE6, and pointing out that this browser is now ten years old!

For those of you interested, Microsoft hosts the IE6 Countdown site, which breaks down IE6 usage over the globe.  According to metrics (for April 2011) listed on the site, China has the highest percentage of users on IE6 (35%!), and globally IE6 usage is at 11.4%, down 7.3 percent from April of 2010.

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SubZenit said,

Said someone with an apple logo at his avatar.

IE6 It's not a crap, and you have to admin that you have used in the past. IE6 it's just outdated as the web moves forward, so the browsers do, that's why exist Internet Explorer 8/9.

Btw, Safari 1, Firefox 1, Chrome 1 what a piece of crap, isn't it?
/facepalm


Yes, they are all "crappy" compared to the standards of today.

SubZenit said,
Btw, Safari 1, Firefox 1, Chrome 1 what a piece of crap, isn't it?
Are you living in the past? Why do you have such a great opinion in favor of IE6, Safari 1, Firefox 1, and Chrome 1?

XP1 said,
Are you living in the past? Why do you have such a great opinion in favor of IE6, Safari 1, Firefox 1, and Chrome 1?

C'mon, that was sarcasm for god sake. He said that IE should be banned, but how about firefox 1 and all the rest old browsers should be banned, isn't it? A lot of them doesn't comply to the current web standards.

It's not about banning a browser, it's about convince the people that there is a better web without a browser, I'm still shocked about some users stupidity. (I'm not calling anyone)

I use the latest night builds of both Chrome and Firefox, so no - I'm not living in the past.

nice to see such a big blog application removing support, hope blogger, youtube etc just have a warning at the top of the page saying "in 6 months your browser internet explorer 6 will be banned please upgrade to IE8".

I defnitely upgraded everything here (at work) to at least IE 8, 9 for systems that has the OS support. There is one site we use that's not so nice with IE9 but basically everything else is just fine.

Shadrack said,
Is this just for the dashboard or does this also include the front end?

The front-end depends on the themes installed, it doesn't have anything to do with the dashboard itself (maybe only the top shortcut bar???), that's only for the dashboard, and it's logically to be like that.

WordPress you did it wrong.

The entire screen should be that red warning message. Allowing you to do NOTHING if you use IE6 to access it.

mollick2 said,
I'd really love to see sites start locking ie6 users out.

Some sites already do this.

although they usually use some crappy user agent string detection which doesnt work properly if yours doesnt match exactly. lol.

mollick2 said,
I'd really love to see sites start locking ie6 users out.

A lot of users would love to switch, but they cant due to being on corporate PCs that are still locked into windows xp and ie6. Sometimes just out of idiocy by the company, but also often because of custom-built software that they dont want to risk breaking (and paying to fix) by upgrading the browser.

"You might be wondering about how bad the new Dashboard looks with IE6, and unfortunately, it does a fair job of mangling many of the visual elements, as evidenced below"

Why is that unfortunate? Paragraph should read:

"Fortunately, the IE 6 warning message makes the Dashboard much harder and more annoying to use."

I'll let you have a couple of guesses at how many people use WordPress vs the number of people who still drive Model Ts around.

Great! And who CARES!

Who uses IE6 anyway? Not even cibercafes in South America use it (first hand news), by now we all know it's stuck in corps and some very peculiar niches.

Say you kicked IE7 too and FF3.0 and THAT would be something.

I see no point in supporting Internet Explorer 6 - why put all that effort in, using so many complex tricks and time-consuming things just to make something look right for a lazy person or some stubborn person unwilling to upgrade. Very wasted effort with no gratitude.

If a corporation comes out and congratulates you on removing support for one of their own pieces of software, in this case internet explorer 6, you should take sound advice, they're in every position to know how bad it is after years of abuse over it and endless bug fixes, exploits fixed.

Any company still using or requiring XP/IE 6 is either lazy, poor or stupid or have a bad IT dept.

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