Drop IE6 Support?

ASP.NET Team Blog
27 June 2011

Internet_Explorer_logo_oldShould DevExpress stop supporting the Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) browser with our ASP.NET products?

Give us your answer by voting on this poll:


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Why Drop IE6?

IE6 requires requires us to:

  • Spend a lot of time and resources to ensure all of our ASP.NET products and themes work correctly in a browser that is no longer widely used
  • Include special hacks because IE6 doesn't support things like CSS2

Developers often have to resort to strategies such as CSS hacks, conditional comments, or other forms of browser sniffing to make their websites work in IE6. -Wikipedia

And supporting IE6 limits us from moving forward to take full advantage of newer web standards and browser capabilities.

Outdated and Unsafe

IE6 has been around since 2001 and is generally considered an outdated and unsafe browser:

The security advisory site Secunia reported an outstanding 24 unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer 6 as of February 9, 2010. These vulnerabilities, which include several "moderately critical" ratings, amount to 17% of the total 144 security risks listed on the website as of February 11, 2010. -Wikipedia

Worldwide, only about 11% use it:

The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown


Many major sites like GMail, YouTube and Facebook have dropped support for IE6.

In fact, Microsoft wants you to stop using IE6:


Give us your opinion. Should DevExpress stop supporting IE6?

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