At the beginning of the month I wrote up an article that Google were beginning to phase out support for the outdated Internet Explorer 6. Well in a further attempt to try and send the outdated browser to its grave, YouTube, which is owned by Google is pulling support for Internet Explorer 6 as of March 13th.
Support stops on March 13th. Stopped support essentially means that some future features on YouTube will be rolled out that won’t work in older browsers.
So you will still be able to watch videos on YouTube even if you have an outdated browser, but any new features and additions will not be designed to work with IE6. Users using an outdated browser will be displayed with a message telling them to upgrade their browser. Google says the interstitial will show up indefinitely every two weeks until the user upgrades to the most recent version of their browser.
Google deems anything below IE7, Firefox 3.0, Chrome 4.0, and Safari 3.0 as an “older browser.”
This is what we need to try and finally get rid of IE6, which still holds a large proportion of the market but is over 10 years old! It was released with Windows XP and Microsoft have said that they will continue supporting XP and IE6 until April 8, 2014.
Microsoft are also trying hard to get people to update to their latest browser – Internet Explorer 8 but for some reason won’t force users to update to it. What’s more, Microsoft themselves won’t support IE6 with its upcoming Office Web Apps, so why are they still hanging onto IE6? It’s time to move on!