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Google to Drop IE6 YouTube Support on March 13

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Google has said that YouTube will no longer support for IE6 on March 13.

March 16 is the day when YouTube will stop working for people still living in the stone age and running IE6. The announcement comes at a time when a significant amount of companies with a Web presence are desperate to see IE6 disappear forever. Many businesses have yet to upgrade to newer versions of Internet Explorer because of the expense involved in upgrading a large network of computers all at once.

Ars Technica was the first to notice that an updated Q&A from YouTube details support for Internet Explorer 6 will no longer be available after March 13. In a post entitled, "Solve a Problem: Upgrading your browser" Google compares using an out of date browser to running a steam engine along the tracks of a bullet train, "It may still work, but it doesn't take advantage of the speed and security of the new technology."

YouTube also plans to cut support for anything older than IE7, Firefox 3.0, Chrome 4.0, and Safari 3.0 as an "older browser." The message above will show up every two weeks indefinitely until the user upgrades their browser.

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    frozenlead , February 24, 2010 8:51 PM
    Well, at least companies who still use IE6 will be happy their workers can't go on YouTube.
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    dameon51 , February 24, 2010 8:57 PM
    Its nice to see big companies pushing old browsers out to pasture. Its nice having software that doesn't get out dated quickly, but ie 6 is WAY past its prime, and terrible CSS support make it a bear to program for.
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    Marco925 , February 24, 2010 9:26 PM
    IE 6! We Will miss you!

    Thank you for your lousy programming that redesigned and Revolutionised the spyware industry!

    You lined up the pockets of technicians like me with millions of dollars while we format PCs left and right,

    Thank you very much! You will be missed... in a weird bittersweet way.
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    nforce4max , February 24, 2010 9:32 PM
    IE6 is like a Chevy Nova that has a thrown rod but still won't die.
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    randomizer , February 24, 2010 9:42 PM
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    JohnnyLucky , February 24, 2010 10:10 PM
    Is this part of the economic stimulus package?
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    _Cubase_ , February 25, 2010 12:00 AM
    That ballot screen is not fair, why should Google be the first choice!? Randomize it immediately!
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    ailgatrat , February 25, 2010 1:26 AM
    _cubase_That ballot screen is not fair, why should Google be the first choice!? Randomize it immediately!


    But what happens if they do randomize it and Google still comes up first?
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    Tomtompiper , February 25, 2010 1:40 AM
    What's IE? and why are they picking on 6?

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    nebun , February 25, 2010 3:05 AM
    "Many businesses have yet to upgrade to newer versions of Internet Explorer because of the expense involved in upgrading a large network of computers all at once"

    not true, ie upgrades are free there is no reason to pay for new browser when the company provides it for free. it's called being lazy :) 
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    Dawgsoverrebs , February 25, 2010 4:22 AM
    wait is it march 16th or march 13th who writes this stuff
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    anamaniac , February 25, 2010 4:23 AM
    Business IT are lazy, so maybe this will finally get some asses moving...
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    rags_20 , February 25, 2010 10:53 AM
    Wanting people to have the latest and best is all good. But still, there's internet freedom. You can't force people to give up IE6 if it costs them valuable time and money to upgrade.
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    igot1forya , February 25, 2010 12:28 PM
    nebun"Many businesses have yet to upgrade to newer versions of Internet Explorer because of the expense involved in upgrading a large network of computers all at once"not true, ie upgrades are free there is no reason to pay for new browser when the company provides it for free. it's called being lazy

    The browser doesn't upgrade it's self! It costs money and time out of the IT staff's budget that in this day of cutbacks simply does not exist. In addition to that, some of us who manage an software that is dependent on IE simply don't work on IE7 or IE8 yet... Sometimes wanting to upgrade is not enough. My organization WANTS to upgrade, but some of our vendors have not written IE8 (or 7) support into their software. Seriously, if you plan to use IE to render your GUI, for the love of God plan for IE updates! :( 
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    CerianK , February 25, 2010 1:08 PM
    In effect, this is another knock-down for Windows 2000 (which is incompatible with IE7+). This will be kind of sad for my wife's old-slow PC (Win2K@1GHz w/ATI AIW 128Pro AGP 2.O)... IE6 runs YouTube video without the stuttering that occurs in FireFox. Maybe Chrome or Opera will work stutter-free (but I doubt it). I wouldn't be surprised if Google reneges on dropping IE6 support for YouTube, but I won't hold my breath.
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    jenesuispasbavard , February 25, 2010 1:34 PM
    CerianKIn effect, this is another knock-down for Windows 2000 (which is incompatible with IE7+). This will be kind of sad for my wife's old-slow PC (Win2K@1GHz w/ATI AIW 128Pro AGP 2.O)... IE6 runs YouTube video without the stuttering that occurs in FireFox. Maybe Chrome or Opera will work stutter-free (but I doubt it). I wouldn't be surprised if Google reneges on dropping IE6 support for YouTube, but I won't hold my breath.

    Get Ubuntu, it's fantastic for slow PCs! (And fast ones too).
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    CerianK , February 25, 2010 2:25 PM
    jenesuispasbavardGet Ubuntu, it's fantastic for slow PCs! (And fast ones too).

    Do you KNOW that the drivers fully support all ATI AIW functions (video in/out/tuner/multi-display)? It would make a lot more sense for me to replace the motherboard/CPU with something faster (and perhaps even update to XP)... rather than retrain my wife on Linux and have her dual boot for everything else she and the kids already use her computer for. Plus, I still use that system a test platform for software development.
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    o0RaidR0o , February 25, 2010 3:09 PM
    nforce4maxIE6 is like a Chevy Nova that has a thrown rod but still won't die.

    You sir are a Chevy hater :)  Chevy's are much more reliable!
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    darraghcoy , February 25, 2010 7:56 PM
    rags_20Wanting people to have the latest and best is all good. But still, there's internet freedom. You can't force people to give up IE6 if it costs them valuable time and money to upgrade.


    No they can't do that, if users still want to use IE6 then that's their choice; they just might have to get used to the fact that less and less websites function properly with their browser.

    There comes a point where backwards compatibility becomes more of a burden than it's worth- and that's the right time to drop support. 16-bit programs in Windows being one example. Why anyone would want to run 16-bit software on Windows in 2010 is beyond me...
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    city_zen , February 26, 2010 1:07 PM
    "There must be 50 ways to leave your browser" :) 

    I wonder if I'm the only one who caught the Paul Simon reference
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