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Topic # 67473 2-Sep-2010 13:34
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I recently read a blog post saying Facebook is going to be dropping support for Internet Explorer 6 on September 15th 2010. This is a very bad decision because many people still use IE6, especially those people with slow computers who live in poor countries because some people still only have 128MB of RAM so Internet explorer 6 is the only browser that runs fast so if people had to upgrade to ie7 or ie8 their computer will become un-responsive and facebook chat is used for free speech in countries like Iran who have very old computers and a government that wants to stop free speech. I know IE6 has security issues but people can't upgrade if they have slow computers. So my suggestion is that if a user is using Internet Explorer 6 after September 15th just present them with the?old version of facebook Chat and if users are using IE7 or IE8 then present them with the?new version of facebook Chat.

So if anyone would be kind enough to pass this message onto the facebook team by copying and?pasting this?(you need to be logged into facebook) and sending it to >

http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=ui_chat

I appreciate it.

{MOD EIT : SP : Thread title changed to something more appropriate}

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  Reply # 375753 2-Sep-2010 14:10
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good riddance to ie6

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  Reply # 375754 2-Sep-2010 14:10
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Good Lord - what?! I love your theories on life!

IE6 is old. Support for it NEEDS to drop. Hell, IE9 is about to launch soon.

Good on them I say. The more sites that drop support for IE6 the more it will force people to upgrade to the newer versions of the browser and in turn make life just that little bit easier on web developers.

P.S. I love how you brought politics in to your argument too ;) 

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  Reply # 375757 2-Sep-2010 14:17
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Since when did facebook only work on IE......?

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  Reply # 375762 2-Sep-2010 14:27
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No, IE6 has had its time, it needs to die.

I still find machines around our network with it however.... it dosent last long. Especially now with our deployment server dishing out Windows 7.

Wikipedia : Internet Explorer 6 was released on August 27, 2001 - enough said.

Wikipedia : Microsoft now considers IE6 to be an obsolete product and recommends that users upgrade to IE8 - best bit of advice MS has given I think ;)

When the manufacturer/developer even says its obsolete, its time to move on :)




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  Reply # 375771 2-Sep-2010 14:37
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You supply the petrol, Ive got the match.




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  Reply # 375782 2-Sep-2010 14:47
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Don't just destroy IE6, destroy 7, 8 and not yet released 9:P

Since using Google Chrome, I have not looked back.  Even Firefox seems slow.  Anyway, that's for another debate. 

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  Reply # 375807 2-Sep-2010 15:28
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So will it not work at all if you are using IE6 or wil they just stop answering questions about "why doesn't my facebook work on IE6"?

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  Reply # 375813 2-Sep-2010 15:41
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Asmodeus: So will it not work at all if you are using IE6 or wil they just stop answering questions about "why doesn't my facebook work on IE6"?


It appears to be only Facebook Chat that won't work in IE6 from Sept 15th . . .

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  Reply # 375824 2-Sep-2010 15:55
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scottjpalmer:
Asmodeus: So will it not work at all if you are using IE6 or wil they just stop answering questions about "why doesn't my facebook work on IE6"?


It appears to be only Facebook Chat that won't work in IE6 from Sept 15th . . .


Thanks. This thread had a different title when I posted that question!

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  Reply # 375826 2-Sep-2010 15:59
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smac: Since when did facebook only work on IE......?


Well, the OP mentions "slow computers"... so perhaps we can rephrase that to "since when is IE6 the only browser that's considered fast on fossil computers?" Ignoring the idiosyncratic bits of that question perhaps it's worth giving Chrome a go on such machines?

Let IE6 with whatever dignity it has left...

Having said that our "enterprise" standards is still IE6! I hang my head in shame... 




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  Reply # 375836 2-Sep-2010 16:13
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The most popular site ever dropping support for it is a good thing IMO.

Now if google would do the same, and yahoo, then it might hurry it along more.

My netscape navigator 3.0 doesnt work anywhere now, why should IE6 be any different?




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  Reply # 375873 2-Sep-2010 16:53
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i completely agree with facebook on this one (i can't believe i just said that).

ie6 must die, the more big sites dropping support for it, the better. hopefully that will speed up its death.

there is no reason to still be using it. The arguments,
- computer is too slow - really? a second hand one of trademe for $200 would run IE8 fine. And if you dont have $200, install ubuntu, that will make your current machine faster, and run firefox without issues.
- old sites only work in IE6 - then upgrade and run IE virtualized or in IE6 tester or something. or get them to update their software to work with newer browsers.

i get that IT is expensive for big companies, and it requires a lot of hours to upgrade everything, but security should be a big concern for them, they really need to update for security reasons.

Its sad that IE9 wont work on WinXP, those users aren't going anywhere soon (we can't expect that), but we can expect them to upgrade to at least IE8 or chrome/firefox.

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  Reply # 375890 2-Sep-2010 17:23
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Constructive use of market power!


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  Reply # 375933 2-Sep-2010 19:07
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IE6 needs to die, anyone who has to do any web development will agree.

Google and others need to get tough. Too many enterprises are not making the effort to upgrade and it makes it very hard for other companies to sell web applications that really push the browser. (heavy javascript etc) IE6 just falls over.

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