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IE6 grinding to a slow stop

Alex Christie

5 February 2010

Google has stated that they will suspend support for Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) on its Gmail and Calendar services from 1 March 2010. This comes after Google admitted hackers had breached their network, and stolen information.

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Google is not the first or last institution to adopt the policy of getting rid of IE6. Germany and France have already stated they are boycotting IE6, and advising users to upgrade to latest version of Internet Explorer 8. Earlier this week a petition was launched on the official website for the UK Prime Minister’s Office, with claims that the majority of companies are still using IE6 because the UK government departments use it and that users won’t be able to see their sites or services without it.

So far this petition has been signed by more than 5000 people. The petition goes on to say that media and software companies who have government clients, are forced to build websites for IE6 when most of the industry has moved on.

Microsoft has urged all its customers and the general public to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer 8(IE8), with their engineers not finding a solution to the now infamous exploit that was publicized by Google.

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