Imminent Death of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
Google have recently released some extremely important news concerning the use of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, which over the next year or so will effectively force people who use Internet Explorer 6 to upgrade their browser or choose one of the many alternative browsers available. In short the Internet giant Google, has begun phasing out support for the out dated web browser Internet Explorer 6 due to its limited functionality, security concerns and its general low, buggy performance. A huge amount of people are still using Internet Explorer 6 as their web browser, probably due to it being the browser that accompanied Microsoft Windows XP, released almost a decade ago.
The Internet has evolved at a ferociously high pace and websites are no different. When Internet Explorer 6 was released with Windows XP nine years ago, the majority of websites were basic, text only websites which at the time Internet Explorer 6 supported with competence and generally functioned well. Nine years on however, websites include video, audio and implement interactive applications that Internet Explorer 6 simply cannot support adequately. In basic terms modern websites require a modern browser and Internet Explorer 6 does not fall into this category.
Here at PJ Web we have experienced firsthand the problems and obstacles that need to be overcome when designing a new website that is required to work in Internet Explorer 6. On numerous occasions we have come across situations that the time taken to try and make a site work in Internet Explorer 6 takes longer than the actual website development itself. The news that Google is the first giant company that has used forward thinking will not only be celebrated at PJ Web but by all web developers around the globe!
PJ Web still supports Internet Explorer 6 but indeed plans to cease this support soon. When people connect to a website using Internet Explorer 6 they will be prompted to update their web browser in order to view the website. At present there are many different 'modern' browsers that can be used when moving away from Internet Explorer 6 including:
- Internet Explorer 8
- Apple Safari
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
We urge you to update your browser as soon as possible if you are still using Internet Explorer 6 to any of the above and your browsing experience will be quicker, safer and easier!
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