Thursday, March 10, 2011

Death to Internet Explorer 6

For those of you on Internet Explorer 6, we encourage you to check this website out - straight from Microsoft:

Before I start ranting and raving like a lunatic, I'd like to thank Ryan Trotz, developer extraordinaire for pointing me to this website.

We at Rockland Web Design HATE (with a passion) Internet Explorer 6. It's 10 years old, and Internet Explorer 7, 8, and now 9 (for Windows 7) have come out. If you're worried about security, don't be -- the new browsers are just as secure (or more) than this legacy browser that does not even have support from Microsoft anymore. Imagine driving around an old car that doesn't have any parts available for it when something goes wrong on it. THAT is IE6.

Worse, web designers across the globe have to backwards code all their designs with the premise that someone, somewhere will be using this browser. It's nothing against them, but the downside for the customer is that new, innovative features that can be used in a website cannot be added, because IE6 will not support those new features.

If I sound passionate about this, you better believe it. One prominent developer recently indicated to me that he spends 20% of his time coding backwards for this awful, awful bane of our technological existence.

Anyway, PLEASE consider upgrading if you haven't done so already. Here are a few links to some fantastic browsers out on the market that you can put on your PC for FREE:

  • Google Chrome - My favorite. It is light, fast and very customizable.
  • Mozilla Firefox - This browser is the popular alternative for Internet Explorer
  • Internet Explorer - If you are worried about switching to another browser, don't. Just upgrade to one that was created during this decade! LOL
I really hope you click on one of those links. For now we will support IE6. But one day in the near future, the time will come when we can finally put that terrible web browser out of its misery...and ours. And on that day, I shall have a cold, frosty Sam Adams in celebration of a Brave New World.

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