Today we are announcing the sunset of IE6 support. BUGtrack v3.72 and subsequent minor releases will still support IE6, yet with the release of BUGtrack v4 we are planning sometime in the summer of 2013 we’ll remove support for IE6 completely. Windows XP users can either upgrade to IE7+ or choose browsers from other vendors.
At the moment IE6 users are presented with a banner prompting them to upgrade.
What led us to this decision is in fact the lack of IE6 support from Microsoft side. For a long time they provided “time-bombed” virtual machine images of XP+IE6 we’ve used in our testing environment. Old images have expired in February 2013 and no new images for IE6 were made available since then.
No surprise, mainstream support for Windows XP IE6 was bundled to has ended on April, 14, 2009. XP users have available upgrade path to IE8 - latter is even marked as High Priority (Critical) upgrade.
In addition, some third-party libraries we are using, like jQuery UI dropped support for IE6 in their recent releases.
The web is evolving. IE6 was released in 2001 and by that time was perhaps the best browser in class. Many things were changed since that. As a result we are developing for standards and then patching, adding extras we would not normally need, and spending time to fight with bugs in the browser that is more than a decade old.
Since the last year BUGtrack IE6 users’ share have dropped from a significant 8% to a mere 1%. At this situation we think we should no longer to put our efforts and resources to support outdated, buggy, non-standard-compliant browser. Help the web, upgrade today.