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 Workman is the Head of Web Engineering at Yell. He is also an organiser for London Web Standards is an occasional public speaker, talking about web performance and web standards

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