It’s about darn time: Google has joined the ranks of tech companies relegating Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 to the archive tapes of history.
In a post to its official enterprise blog, Internet giant Google has announced it will begin phasing out support for Microsoft’s nearly decade-old Internet Explorer 6 Web browser. Beginning March 1, IE6 users will start to find Google’s Web based applications and services—starting with Google Docs and Google Sites—will stop working well with Internet Explore 6. Eventually, IE6 won’t be able to use the services at all.
via Digital Trends
For Far to Long has Internet Explore Six been the bane of a web developers existence, the one browser to many still use, even if it is as old as XP is now. A browser that never has followed standards, had been the one browser developers had to modify, every little aspect of their design just so that it could look right on this browser that should have been phased out a very long time ago.
With Firefox taking the lead, and Open Source becoming the standard, the time has finally come to be able to develop, based on standards, for the browsers of the market today, Chrome, Firefox, Flock and Others. Most if not all being based on standards, making development more straightforward and simple then ever. The next challenge seems to be that we need to step it up to move the browsers in the market today to HTML 5 to make things even more straightforward.
The sad thing is still many may not be aware of it being phased out, but these are also the same people who were happy just as long when the power was pressed, the computer turned on and they could browse the connected world, even if they were using an otherwise antiquated browser that is Internet Explorer 6. To many of those who buy computers today have no idea what they have on the system and in that selective ignorance have no idea that each time they are using this browser, that should otherwise be placed in the throngs of the history like DOS, Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 as something that does not and will not work in today’s world.
These are the same people who have to long kept it the same because they had no idea, at least with Google phasing out support perhaps more will realize that needs upgrades or like this quote puts it;
You can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the goddamn contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thorn-bush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail, you’ll see something, maybe. ~Edward Abbey
Though IE6 is not a vehicle it was a means to access the community based initiative that is the Interconnected Web, and the quote is proper in that if these users never step out and see what is outside of IE6 they are more likely to stick with this flawed browser. Literally slowing down the world-wide web, as still others need to recode specific aspects of a page just so IE6 can see it how it was founded.
With Google at least taking this step, more will recognize, at least hopefully that there are options, that there are upgrades if only they took the time to update their system, but the only way they will do such a thing is if more of those who Advocate Open Source, write-up their own views, and thoughts on what the Internet should really be about.
That the internet started as a collaborative medium, when it was still considered ARPANET the worlds first packet switching network and what the Global Internet started as, though there is more about the History of the Internet, it is important to recognize that it was a way to share information between professors and universities. Today it has not really changed even though Microsoft would have you believe otherwise, the internet that in this day and age is behind locked doors, at its roots is still community based, even blogging as a medium is community based. Why the logical future should be a world, of computers based on Open Sourced Ideas, on Linux, Firefox and others.
In closing it is beneficial that this step is being taken by Google, perhaps now that IE6 is being phased out can we truly grasp the possibilities and the potential long hampered by non standards based ideas that IE6 is the embodiment of.
Let us move forward, and take the steps in a new direction, nearly forgotten but recognized when a Giant of the Internet World are determined to break away from those false views and make the progress, that we have long needed, what do you think?