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Facebook phasing out support for IE7

Facebook phasing out support for IE7
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IE7 has a market share of around 4%

IE7 has a market share of around 4%

One year after Facebook officially renounced support for Internet Explorer 6, it seems that Internet Explorer 7 is destined to experience a similar fate as support for the ailing browser is lacking in Facebook’s most important recent innovation – Timeline.

Facebook Timeline, Facebook’s radical new profile redesign first introduced in September and made available to all earlier this month, does not support IE7. IE7 users visiting profile pages that would otherwise be Timeline-enabled are presented with the old Facebook profile design, complete with a number of very evident styling issues caused by IE7’s treatment of the style sheet language CSS.

Facebook has opted against partial Timeline support in IE7, instead choosing to ignore this browser version altogether, suggesting that this is the beginning of plans to phase-out support for Microsoft’s five year-old browser.

Facebook’s refusal to support IE7 in Timeline is bold but nevertheless comes as no great surprise. Earlier this year Google announced that it would no longer officially support IE7 in many of its popular services, including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs. IE7’s global market share continues to dwindle, now standing at a little over 4%, and just 2.2% above the ever-enduring IE6.

For those that have enabled Timeline on their profile but want to revert back to the old design for whatever reason, Facebook’s non-support of IE7 offers a simple solution – either by loading-up the ancient browser or by setting your user-agent to IE7 in Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Image courtesy of robceemoz on Flickr.

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  3. maxiq@mailinator.com'

    FBPurity

    December 31, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    theres another guide to disabling Facebook Timeline here, this one has the benefit of it fixing some of the Display glitches that occur due to using IE7 as the User Agent: http://www.fbpurity.com/disable-facebook-timeline.htm

  4. maxiq@mailinator.com'

    FBPurity

    December 31, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    theres another guide to disabling Facebook Timeline here, this one has the benefit of it fixing some of the Display glitches that occur due to using IE7 as the User Agent: http://www.fbpurity.com/disable-facebook-timeline.htm

  5. maxiq@mailinator.com'

    FBPurity

    December 31, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    theres another guide to disabling Facebook Timeline here, this one has the benefit of it fixing some of the Display glitches that occur due to using IE7 as the User Agent: http://www.fbpurity.com/disable-facebook-timeline.htm

  6. app+3d2t7lbv.nnt5f.e190968ae427fff29f666a7586d0e17a@proxymail.facebook.com'

    Stefan Parker

    December 31, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    Hate to break it to you, but we just haven’t finished working out all the kinks for Timeline in IE 6 and 7 yet. We still support both those browsers and have no immediate plans on dropping their support. I would strongly recommend not masking your user agent as IE7 because it will force Facebook to send alternate styles and scripts to your browser and may cause Facebook to display incorrectly or some features not to work in the correct way for your browser.

    • darrenmccarra@gmail.com'

      darrenmccarra

      December 31, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      @Stefan Parker Thanks for the update Stefan. When can we expect IE6/IE7 support for Timeline?

    • brandonsadkins@gmail.com'

      brandonsadkins

      December 31, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      @Stefan Parker Well that is unfortunate to hear. A big company like Facebook with a huge user base could be a force for change in the browser world, by pushing the remaining people off of IE6 and IE7.

    • sandropadin@gmail.com'

      sandropadin

      December 31, 2011 at 11:22 PM

      @Stefan Parker I’d hate to be the engineer(s) working on IE6/7 compatibility. What a worthless endeavor.

    • sandropadin@gmail.com'

      sandropadin

      December 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

      @Stefan Parker I’d hate to be the engineer(s) working on IE6/7 compatibility. That must be a frustrating endeavor.

  7. app+3d2t7lbv.nnt5f.e190968ae427fff29f666a7586d0e17a@proxymail.facebook.com'

    Stefan Parker

    December 31, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    Hate to break it to you, but we just haven’t finished working out all the kinks for Timeline in IE 6 and 7 yet. We still support both those browsers and have no immediate plans on dropping their support. I would strongly recommend not masking your user agent as IE7 because it will force Facebook to send alternate styles and scripts to your browser and may cause Facebook to display incorrectly or some features not to work in the correct way for your browser.

    • darrenmccarra@gmail.com'

      darrenmccarra

      December 31, 2011 at 1:45 PM

      @Stefan Parker Thanks for the update Stefan. When can we expect IE6/IE7 support for Timeline?

    • brandonsadkins@gmail.com'

      brandonsadkins

      December 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      @Stefan Parker Well that is unfortunate to hear. A big company like Facebook with a huge user base could be a force for change in the browser world, by pushing the remaining people off of IE6 and IE7.

    • sandropadin@gmail.com'

      sandropadin

      January 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      @Stefan Parker I’d hate to be the engineer(s) working on IE6/7 compatibility. What a worthless endeavor.

    • sandropadin@gmail.com'

      sandropadin

      January 1, 2012 at 12:26 AM

      @Stefan Parker I’d hate to be the engineer(s) working on IE6/7 compatibility. That must be a frustrating endeavor.

    • rlowes@gmail.com'

      ricklowes

      January 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      @Stefan Parker Please at least stop supporting IE6…it has to die. Be a good web citizen Facebook!

  8. WatsonInfoTech

    December 31, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    @khenney I despise IE7. It has to be the most non compliant browser produced by Microsoft. Good riddens.

  9. WatsonInfoTech

    December 31, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    @khenney I despise IE7. It has to be the most non compliant browser produced by Microsoft. Good riddens.

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  15. markusa2

    January 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    @Techmeme dad

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    January 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

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  17. markusa2

    January 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    @Techmeme dad

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    January 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    @Techmeme dad

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    January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    @Techmeme dad

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  24. vectorash.stanescu@gmail.com'

    vectorash

    January 9, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Good, I’m a web developer, so trust me when I say this, IE7, much liker IE6 is a complete crap!!!

    There was even a hoax study that claimed people using Internet Explorer have a lower IQ.. I totally agree with that: http://www.vectorash.ro/internet-explorer-users-have-low-iq/

    And about the Timeline, what ever you do, make sure you use it securely: http://www.vectorash.ro/facebook-timeline-guide/

  25. vectorash.stanescu@gmail.com'

    vectorash

    January 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Good, I’m a web developer, so trust me when I say this, IE7, much liker IE6 is a complete crap!!!

    There was even a hoax study that claimed people using Internet Explorer have a lower IQ.. I totally agree with that: http://www.vectorash.ro/internet-explorer-users-have-low-iq/

    And about the Timeline, what ever you do, make sure you use it securely: http://www.vectorash.ro/facebook-timeline-guide/

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