Can we please ditch IE6 now that IE8 is out, please?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by thejadedmonkey, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    It's official. Internet Explorer version 8 is out. So now that IE 6 is like 5 8 years old, do you think I can get away with not supporting it anymore? My friend is having me do a photography website, and I'm not sure if I want to support the new fangled standards like HTML and CSS, or if I should just stick to pushing data through the tubes in a very not 21st century manner.
     
  2. wakka092 macrumors 6502

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    I wish. I just had to convert a website that used a purely CSS layout to a hybrid CSS & table layout.

    The thing is, many corporate environments still use IE6, and many people do the majority of their web surfing at work. Many ordinary Windows users don't know how to upgrade. IIRC, Microsoft doesn't push out browser updates like system updates. The best thing to do is just redirect people to a link to download a modern browser.
     
  3. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    You have not updated a windows machine lately then, you get IE7 now no matter what you want.
     
  4. wakka092 macrumors 6502

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    Really? That's interesting, but after all, I am on Macrumors. :p
     
  5. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Except for corporate. ;)
     
  6. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah I didn't figure you were much up on the windows side of things...

    Nope last at least half dozen installs I have done were using XP Corporate VLK (volume license key) they all install IE7 as part of the updates from the SP2 disk I used.
     
  7. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816

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    People still use it. Sorry, out of luck. It's dying a very slow death.
     
  8. belvdr macrumors 601

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    Not sure what you're doing then, because I know of two corporate entities (roughly 150,000 installations) who are not rolling out IE7 or later. Both workstations still use IE6.
     
  9. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Nothing special just using the windows update it downloads and installs now if they are using any of the policy stuff (which I would imagine they are) that restricts the programs that get installed in the images they roll out for install that could be it.
     
  10. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    My company is another one that is stuck on IE6 and haven't given the go ahead on IE7 as it breaks a number of the web apps they made back in the day. I'm still holding out using a Mac at work, but my days are likely limited.
     
  11. wheelhot macrumors 68000

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    ...or, you could join in and be the hero to help save the world from the evil IE6 by not supporting it. I recall some site has the statement, only works on REAL browsers, then there is a link of FF, Safari, Opera, Chrome somewhere in the site. The funniest site I ever been is, not compatible with Internet Explorer :rolleyes:
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    IE6 is still disturbingly common. Around 10% of traffic to my website has been from IE6 users.
     
  13. &Ingonyama macrumors member

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    Still got around 12% on IE6 visiting one of my sites I'm contemplating putting up an upgrade notice on every page to upgrade just IE6. I don't fix minor visual errors in it anymore, as long as its usable then I'm not that bothered.
     
  14. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    That's what I do on my personal site ("Internet Explorer is not well supported here"), though mine is set to only show up for < IE8. I haven't had a chance to test my site in IE8 so not sure what those users may be missing out on.
     
  15. torndownunit macrumors regular

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    Ya someone posted some general stats in a thread on here somewhere the other day that said 16%.
     
  16. N10248 macrumors 6502a

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    heres a snapshot of IE usage from one of the sites I run for a company this month...

    ALL Firefox usage is less than IE6 too, Safari has 5%, Chrome 1%
     

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  17. torndownunit macrumors regular

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    I sort of enjoy getting work though lol. I don't think this approach would help with that.
     
  18. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, 15% MSIE 6 here - and that based on a few hundred thousand visitors in a month on our portal. Alot of IT managers knew V7 was terrible, in the sense it's loaded with features but no real changes in terms of standards compliancy and plenty of new security issues. As a result, alot of companies stayed with V6 since it was, to them, stable compared to the newer version. Combine all that with general user laziness, i.e. simply not enabling critical update or ignoring the prompts, give it some time.

    It's painful, I know! :eek:

    -jim
     
  19. a cat *miaow* macrumors regular

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    Yes please!!!!
    How much easier will it be when the evil browser that is IE6 coughs it's last? It's going to be a great day!
     
  20. wakka092 macrumors 6502

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  21. torndownunit macrumors regular

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    Man, I switched my business site over to Wordpress last week and installed a tracker plug-in while I was at it. In the week it's been tracking, twice the amount of people visiting were using IE6 than IE7. That is pretty discouraging.
     
  22. wheezy macrumors 65816

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    I've gone over several analytics profiles of sites I track. Here's my IE breakdown since May 2008:

    IE7: 3,459 or 69.51%
    IE6: 1,494 or 30.02%
    IE8: 19 or 0.38%
    IE5.5: 4 or 0.08%

    NEXT SITE:

    IE7: 2,253 or 77.80%
    IE6: 615 or 21.24%
    IE8: 26 or 0.90%
    IE5.5 2 or 0.07%

    NEXT SITE:

    IE7: 1,292 or 74.81%
    IE6: 392 or 22.70%
    IE8: 41 or 2.37%
    IE5: 1 or 0.06%
    IE5.5 1 or 0.06%

    Anyhow... same trend, looks like it catches about 20% avg still out there. Unfortunately, we still need to cater to the devil.

    Dell should do us all a favor and pre-install Firefox anymore, and make that the default browser.
     

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