Sam Brown

37signals phasing out support for IE6 this August

On August 15th, 2008 we will begin phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 across all 37signals products. In order to continue using the products without any hiccups, Internet Explorer 6 users should upgrade to a newer browser.

This is a pretty bold move by 37signals, and is something I have been doing on a site by site basis for several months now (based on usage statistics). I do wonder how many of their customers are actually using IE6? One can only assume not a particularly high percentage.

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Sam Hardacre 4 July 2008, 08:04 #1

I can’t wait for the day when I can say the same, alas, the majority of sites I work on still have a high percentage of IE6 users. Unfortunately, I need to put up with IE6 for a bit longer : (

Ian 5 July 2008, 09:44 #2

I’m really liking the current trend set by the likes of 37Signals and Apple (MobileMe) both dropping support for IE6. The public beta of IE8 is expected at the end of August with the final release likely to be sooner rather than later in light of the recent competition. I think this will also encourage a lot of users (both corporate & home) to upgrade so I don’t think it will be too long before it’s safe to drop support for IE6 by default.

For Personal projects I find I don’t really spend a lot of time supporting IE6 as I see no need. If server statistics of an existing site specify high usage of IE6 or if a client specifies the need for IE6 support I will but personally I don’t find this to be too common.

As you mention it’s a case of judging it on a site-by-site basis but the current trend is promising.

Muhammad Haris 10 July 2008, 04:01 #3

Hello Sam,

I hear you’re doing it on your sites step-by-step but are you going to drop IE6 support from your portfolio or do you find that move inappropriate?


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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.