Search engine giant Google has announced that it will not continue to provide support for its Google Docs and Google Sites on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 web browser.
The company mentioned in a post on its official blog that IE6 users will have to upgrade to higher versions of IE, such as IE7 or IE8 in order to utilise Google’s free online products (ed : or use another browser brand altogether).
According to the blog post, the phasing out of support for several Google Apps including Google Docs and Google Sites on IE6 will begin from 1st March 2010.
Google has also asked individuals and organisations to switch to more advanced web browsers that provide a media-rich browsing experience and are in-tune with the current web technology.
Rajen Sheth, Google Apps Senior Product Manager wrote on the blog that “Many other companies have already stopped supporting older browsers like Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.”
Google’s announcement to stop supporting IE6 can also be attributed to the fact that a major vulnerability in the browser had allowed hackers to infiltrate several Gmail accounts belonging to some Chinese human rights activists.
Google has also provided a list of alternate browsers which current IE6 users can upgrade to. The list includes IE7 or above and updated versions of Mozilla Firefox 3.0, Google Chrome 3.0 and Safari 3.0. It is interesting to note that Microsoft will support Internet Explorer 6 until 2014.
(ZD Net Asia)