Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today not to praise IE6 but to bury it.
Microsoft released Internet Explorer 6 on August 27, 2001, almost exactly nine years ago. Since then, it has been superceded by not just one but two separate versions, and IE9 is near release. IE6 has at least 23 unpatched, serious security holes in it – Microsoft has no plans to correct any of these and these holes may have resulted in serious security breaches at Google reported in early 2010.
Furthermore, IE6’s old age means it lacks support for many of the features that make it easy to develop powerful and sophisticated web applications – this means that when we release a new version (which we do twice a week) we need to do extra work to get PBworks to function correctly with IE6. Now that IE6 usage is finally (well) below 5% of our userbase, we’ve decided to formally retire our support on November 15, 2010.
On September 15, 2010, all IE6 users visiting our site will receive an in-product message alerting them that they have two months to upgrade to a more modern browser. We strongly recommend Google Chrome 5+, Safari 5, or Firefox 3.6 for cool features like drag and drop file uploading, although we do also support IE7 and IE8. Opera users – yes, we make a best effort to work well!
On November 15, 2010, all IE6 users will be redirected to our mobile site; this will ensure that they are still able to consistently and correctly access their data but to use our more advanced technology, users will need to upgrade per the above.