In an effort to make a little more sense and to help rectify a very stupid mistake I made today I'm going to re-write this blog, which I managed to completely delete but that I also think is important enough that it needs re-adding due to the news that come to light very recently reagdring Microsoft support IE6 until 2014.
Yes, you read that correctly. Microsoft have decided to stop support for IE6 with the release of their new 'Web Office' application incorporating their office suite with online solutions and management. However, there will be no support for Internet Explorer 6, Google Chrome or Opera. This follows an article I just read on The Register
You may have been hearing and reading about various projects on the web to try and get people to upgrade their browsers from older versions to the latest, such as IE6NoMore; a group of developers who encourage visitors to add some code to their site to encourage their visitors to upgrade. The state of this news should be a welcome relief for wweb developers because of the potential meaning whereby Microsoft themselves are losing the will to produce applications that are fully supported in Internet Explorer 6.
In fact, in this case it is not just IE6 that suffers lack of support, but Google's Chrome browser, Firefox < 3.5 and all versions of Opera. You can read more about the project and it's dependencies on the blog posting by the Office Web Apps Team.
In a quote made by the developers, they say:
"If you prefer to use another browser you should still give the Web Apps a try. While we cannot officially support all browsers, customers will not be blocked from using them. It is a goal of the Web Apps to have broad compatibility and reach."
Brilliant. So for years now we have had to cater for the lack of support for web standards found in IE6 and partly, 7, but for Microsoft if you do not have a supported browser you get an apology and they get a free tester if you do decide to try a different browser.