Google Wave to miss IE6

Google Wave to miss IE6

Summary: Turns out that the "developer preview" of Google's latest creation, Google Wave, is not as open as one would expect, with the preview only being open to attendees of Google's I/O conference — but there is another way to see it in action. And forget wanting to use IE6 with it.

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Turns out that the "developer preview" of Google's latest creation, Google Wave, is not as open as one would expect, with the preview only being open to attendees of Google's I/O conference.

But there is another way to see it in action: as an attendee of Google's upcoming developer day conferences, one of which will be held in Sydney, where you will be able to gain access to the system before consumers get full access later in the year.

On the question of why not go live now with Google Wave, Jens and Lars Rasmussen cited that it is not ready for the general population. Wave itself is best viewed in WebKit-based browsers or Firefox with Opera support still coming together. For Internet Explorer, Lars Rasmussen said that there will be no IE6 support for Wave, but intends to target IE7 and above.

The reason for this is due to the lack of HTML 5 support for Internet Explorer 6, in particular, the use of web workers which are analogous to threading a web application.

For people that are worried that Google Wave is the next incarnation of Google Trapper Keeper, the servers that the communication is hosted upon do not necessarily have to be Google's. If you are interested in the protocol itself and are crazy enough to want to create an implementation of it, information can be found on the wave protocol site.

And if you want to try to explain what Google Wave is to others, so far I've managed to restrict the description down to a "hosted communication and decision engine".

I'm sure there is a more apt and succinct description for it, if you have an idea post it below in the talkback.

Topics: Collaboration, Browser, Google, Social Enterprise

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  • IE6 - Good riddance to bad rubbish

    As a web developer, I know that the flaws of IE6 make it almost impossible to program for... users need to be forced to stop using it and upgrade. Good work, Google!
    anonymous
  • RE: IE6 - Good riddance to bad rubbish

    As another web developer - I second this motion.
    anonymous
  • hear hear

    As a sysadmin, I couldn't be more than happy to see IE6 and its problems go away... PLEASE GO AWAY...
    anonymous
  • RE: IE6 - Good riddance to bad rubbish

    IE6 is a bane! Down with IE6!
    anonymous
  • IE6 - shame M$, shame!

    Why would anyone care if they didn't meet with IE6 expectations. Good riddance.

    For those who still use it, get Firefox & get a life. Stop living in the past with garbage that requires websites to be modified specifically just for IE6 to work. Screw IE6.
    anonymous
  • Time for Government to catch on

    IE6 is still widely used in government as they have archaic applications where IE6 is the required browser. They are crap in FF, don't function correctly etc. It would be wonderful for one to think, that if Wave catches on, it drives the last of that ancient software out of the market and government moves on
    anonymous
  • RE: IE6 - Good riddance to bad rubbish

    YES!

    I've been trying to refuse to support IE6 in my sites ever since IE8 came out. But I've had a hard time convincing the boss and clients that IE6 no longer has significant market share.

    This action by Google is the smoking gun I need to get the boss and clients off my back forever!

    Death to Internet Suxplorer!
    anonymous