Last week we heard news that it was an exploit vulnerability in IE6 that eventually led hackers to find a way to hack into Google. In response the French and German governments made public announcements urging all citizens to upgrade their browsers to newer versions. An increase in new downloads for Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Google Chrome may have been related to this annoucement.
Just a few days ago it was revealed that Google would no longer be supporting IE6 for its Google Docs and Google Sites services, with other features such as Gmail dropping IE6 support later this year. There are even Facebook groups dedicated to IE6's destruction.
More recent news confirms that nearly 5,000 people have signed an online petition urging government departments to dump Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), which is widely used by UK government departments including:
Department for Work and Pensions, the Department of Health and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Here at Clicknetworks IE6 has caused many a headache for us when developing web applications with advanced client side scripting capabilities using libraries such as jQuery etc.
Every application developer who has been in this game, knows how disheartening it is to develop an app, which works perfectly in all browsers only then to get messed up and develop bugs when displayed in IE6.
We are only to happy to see IE6 relegated to the dustbin of browsing history...and it could not happen soon enough for us.