There isn’t a decent web developer alive that doesn’t harbor a deep-seated hatred for Internet Explorer. For years we have dreamed about the day when we could cast off the shackles of developing for the users who are struck with a browser that predates web 2.0. We developers don’t know anyone who still uses IE6; if we did, we probably wouldn’t talk to them.
Word has recently come down of two major companies discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 6. First, it was noted that Apple’s MobileMe would work only in IE7 (and Safari and Firefox, of course). Now, 37signals has announced they are stopping support and testing for IE6 begining August 15:
The Internet Explorer 6 browser was released back in 2001, and Internet Explorer 7, the replacement, was released nearly two years ago in 2006. Modern web browsers such as IE 7, Firefox, and Safari provide significantly better online experiences. Since IE 6 usage has finally dipped below a small minority threshold of our customers, it’s time to finally move beyond IE 6. [emphasis added]
We aren’t dropping support for IE6 on any Walker pages quite yet, it still makes up about 25% of our users on walkerart.org, but the day will come. That day, not too far from now, we’ll be able to declare our long developer emergency over. Bigger players like Apple and 37signals will help make that day sooner.