YouTube To Drop Support for IE6 on March 13th

YouTube will officially drop support for Internet Explorer 6 on March 13th. Support may also be dropped for Firefox 2 on Mac OS X. Users of IE6 and FF2 will be displayed a interstitial which asks them to upgrade their browser.

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Internet Explorer 6 has been a pain, not only for users who use it, but also for developers and website owners alike. In fact there have been many campaigns to abolish the worst browser which is still in use existence (dinosaurs died, but no one could kill IE6, YET!!) for quite sometime.

However, those campaigns have not been as successful as people thought, and now larger websites have started to take a different approach, that of stopping support for Internet Explorer 6 and other unsafe browsers.

YouTube Internet Explorer Interstitial

According to TidBits, is planning to drop support for Internet Explorer 6 on March 13th, along with Firefox 2.0.0.20 and lower versions on Mac OS X. Users who use unsupported browsers will start seeing an interstitial as shown in the screenshot above.

A YouTube FAQ says that even though Google will stop supporting older browsers, users who use them will still be able to watch videos, however, they will not be able to enjoy the latest technologies that YouTube engineers develop for other superior browsers. Also, this is the second product for which Google is officially dropping support for IE6. Earlier this month, Google also announced that they will be dropping IE6 from the list of browsers which will be supported by Gmail and Google Calendar.

This is definitely good news, as IE6 has become a pain and a thorn for developers and designers alike, and adds to the level of work one has to do as compared to the newer and far more superior browsers. However, in my opinion, it is high time that users switch from IE6 to a more powerful browser, for their own internet safety.

Huge players dropping support would at-least get users to switch to a better browser, not for the developers comfort, but at-least for their own security. Let’s get rid of this menace called IE6 once and for all. What do you think?

YouTube To Drop Support for IE6 on March 13th originally appeared on Techie Buzz written by Keith Dsouza on Tuesday 23rd February 2010 02:13:00 AM. Please read the Terms of Use for fair usage guidance.

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