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Google Drops Internet Explorer (IE) 6. So Should You.

Last week, I received this in an email from Google:

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance… we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.

It’s about time, and not just for those reasons.

Internet Explorer is arguably the most insecure web browser in current use today. It’s very old, in Internet terms, and really needs to be replaced. If you are still using Internet Explorer, you need to upgrade to IE 7 or IE 8, or switch to another browser like Mozilla Firefox (currently at version 3.6), Google Chrome, Opera, or Safari.

If you are one of those unfortunate folks who are required to use Internet Explorer 6 for a legacy web application, contact your vendor immediately and tell them that they need to change their application to support newer browsers. There is no excuse for continuing to use Internet Explorer when Microsoft itself has recommended that people discontinue its use.

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