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Support for Older Browsers is Diminishing

Brugbart recommends not to support older browsers - and we are not the only ones.

Created: 2012-05-02 02:10

A lot of popular websites dose no longer support certain older browsers, and we fully support that choice. While Brugbart dose work on older browsers such as IE6, its certainly not a pleasant experience, and all features might not work.

The point is that the browser is a very important piece of software, often more important than other programs that the user has installed. Users normally do not mind having other programs auto-update. Sure its annoying to be interrupted, but most users accept it because the auto-update feature was enabled by default. Maybe browsers should just come with auto-update enabled out-of-the-box?

YouTube

If you visit YouTube using Internet Explorer 6, you get one of their famous Oops errors as quoted below:

Oops, your web browser is no longer supported.

YouTube works with a wide range of browsers. However, if you'd like to use many of our latest and greatest features, please upgrade to a modern, fully supported browser.

Find the latest versions of our supported browsers below.

Facebook

Facebook has taken the approach that we like the most, that is recommending to use the latest browser version. And why would that be a problem exactly? People often allow Acrobat Reader and Flash to run their anoying auto updates, a browser usually dose not update nearly as often.

We recommend using the most up-to-date version of one of the following browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer

Yahoo Mail

Below is an example how Yahoo Mail reacts if you visit the site using Internet Explorer 8.

You're almost there...

The newest version of Yahoo! Mail works best on modern browsers. While you can still access basic email functionality like reading and sending email, to access other features like Yahoo! Messenger, photo slideshows, and the reply bar, you'll need to upgrade your browser.

Upgrading is free and it only takes a few moments:

  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer (for Windows)
  • Safari

Not ready to upgrade? Continue anyway

See also

  1. Ditch support for Old Browsers