It’s time to upgrade your browser, no, really

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Internet Explorer 8 has now been unleashed upon the Windows world to a small ripple of applause and a snigger from every other browser manufacturer. It’s a big step forward for Microsoft, the IE team have put in a lot of hard work and should be proud of everything they’ve done to enforce standards on the web.

Now it’s your turn.

IE6 still accounts for 20% of all web browsing, and its even higher for corporations where policy gets in the way of letting people upgrade. ┬áThis browser is now so far behind in terms of security, speed and browsing experience that it’s not even funny, and has become a perennial headache for all web designers who want to push the Internet forward as a medium.

So, I implore you, upgrade your browser today. I’m going to do so and declare from the rooftops that I shall no longer support IE6. My web sites will be standards compliant and I will not be making any exceptions for this browser.

So, farewell IE6. It’s been a long time coming, but you’re gone.

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Steve Workman

Steve is an engineering manager at Maersk, and organises BerkshireJS. He has also worked at Yell and PA Consulting and is a former organiser of London Web Standards

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