It seems that a few announcements on popular websites were enough to practically kill a web browser, which one of the giants on the market learned some time ago.

While today we will focus on the situation in 2009, when the Internet looked a little different than it is today, this one is still relevant and shows the strength of some media. In the few weeks since 14 July of that year, millions of users have abandoned Internet Explorer 6, causing considerable trouble for the Redmond giant. And all because of a small group of web developers who decided that they hate this browser so much that they risk even losing their jobs to get rid of it from their lives.

Of course, you can not surprise them, because there is no denying that Internet Explorer 6 had its problems and often gave programmers a headache, so they wholeheartedly hated him, just like Microsoft, which had to constantly listen to complaints about him. And since those were different times when companies perceived the Internet as something permanent and unchanging, their employees were tied to a single browser for years.

YouTube employees were a very specific group, consisting, as they claim, of tattooed fans of piercing, whiskey and fast cars, who didn’t always have the law on their way, so one day they decided to do something about it. Thus, one of the lunches turned into a killing plan for Internet Explorer 6, which was very simple and quickly came into effect. One day a banner was displayed at the top of the page to indicate that the page would stop supporting this version of the browser and recommend a change to something newer, such as Firefox, IE8, Chrome or Opera.

There was no date here and no explanation as to what it meant exactly, but… that YouTube was the second most popular website on the web at the time, that was enough. It doesn’t matter if it was a complete lie or not, and in fact the actual abandonment of IE6 support was only two years later. You’ll probably ask if any of the management noticed it? Of course he did, although the programmers acted with the tacit consent of his supervisor – the first to notice was the marketing department, who saw this information on almost every news page and couldn’t understand who abandoned nearly one fifth of their users in this way (18% of the traffic came from IE6).

Fortunately for the rebellious web developers, it soon turned out that the media took this decision very positively, as a step towards a more modern and safer Internet, putting YouTube as a model and a pioneer. In this way, the IE6 market share was drastically reduced, most of its users were taken over by Internet Explorer 8, and everyone thought that this significant decision was taken by Google’s high-ranking employees. To this day, when Chris Zacharias decided to admit his complicity and tell the truth that might have cost him his career.


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