We've been watching the debate over whether modern designers should create web sites and web applications that continue to support Internet Explorer 6 as they continue to develop and learn methods of content delivery. We've often leaned toward the side that cuts off support for IE6 altogether, but there are several major, respectable players on the side that say it should continue to be supported. When it comes to our own "policy", we haven't had to create or enforce one as most of our clients don't use IE6 and apparently don't have many friends that do either, for we rarely hear "this is broken in IE6..." from anyone.
However, two things have prompted us to take a step in the direction of phasing out support for IE6: the latest Net Applications monthly usage share figures and Google's own phasing out of support for IE6.
Rather than write a tome on the reasons for and against and why we've chosen one over the other, we're just going to state the inevitable:
As of July 2010, we will no longer offer support for Internet Explorer 6, meaning we will not be bug fixing or hacking our sites so that IE6 displays them properly. The web has moved on, major players like Google have moved on , even MicroSoft has moved on and no longer supports IE6. It's time we move on as well.