For those of you still using IE, let alone IE6, the time has finally come to get a real browser. March 13, 2010, the day YouTube will no longer officially support IE6. Burried deep in a Youtube help item in regards to browser support, under the header “When does older browser support end for YouTube and what does this mean?”. The answer says “Support stops on March 13th. Stopped support essentially means that some future features on YouTube will be rolled out that won’t work in older browsers.” The answer also details that Google’s YouTube will notify site visitors of this by displaying a message, until the user upgrades in place of the video the user is trying to watch. “On March 13, we are dropping support for your browser. You’ll still be able to watch videos after that date, but new features may not work properly” it will prompt for a time up until that fateful day.
This should not come as a surprise, we already are aware that March 1, Google will phase out support for IE6 in Google Docs and Google’s Site. They are not alone in this, various other sites, and governments have taken a stand against the browser due to recent events and overall security risks. I personally am very glad they are doing this, it is time for people to move to Firefox, Chrome, Safari, hell even Opera, ANYTHING BUT IE.
-Zach Morton “The Uber Geek”
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