37signals Stands Up For Modern Browsers

ScreenshotAn unusual notice appeared on the 37signals blog today:

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.

37signals make Basecamp, Campfire, Highrise, and Backpack, among other web applications – and this makes them one of the first major online vendors to dismiss IE6. While this will make the Save the Developers people happy, I wonder whether anyone else will dare to follow their lead. I know that for some of the markets I’m working with, IE6 support remains critical, and Net Applications still shows IE with a 26% market share. Seems like a lot of potential customers to throw overboard.

Are you ready to leave IE6 behind? Or are you resigned to a few more years of support?

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