Skip to main content

Google to Drop IE6 YouTube Support 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.

  • frozenlead
    Well, at least companies who still use IE6 will be happy their workers can't go on YouTube.
    Reply
  • dameon51
    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.
    Reply
  • Marco925
    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.
    Reply
  • nforce4max
    IE6 is like a Chevy Nova that has a thrown rod but still won't die.
    Reply
  • randomizer
    IE6 users please click
    Reply
  • JohnnyLucky
    Is this part of the economic stimulus package?
    Reply
  • _Cubase_
    That ballot screen is not fair, why should Google be the first choice!? Randomize it immediately!
    Reply
  • ailgatrat
    _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?
    Reply
  • Tomtompiper
    What's IE? and why are they picking on 6?

    Reply
  • 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 :)
    Reply