Monday, December 13, 2010

Are You Using IE6? It's Time to Upgrade!

It's been nearly ten years since Microsoft first released Internet Explorer 6. For a time, it was the most commonly used browser on the internet, but it has often been criticized for bugginess and lack of compliance with internet standards. It also has a reputation as one of the least secure pieces of software ever released.

At Kiva, we've spent significant time and effort getting our site to work the same way in IE6 that it does in more modern, standards-compliant browsers. However, as more and more people switch to better web browsers, we're finding that the percentage of Kiva loans made using IE6 has dropped dramatically. As a result, we are joining YouTube, Digg, Google and many other websites in ending our support for IE6:
We held out, and continued to support IE6 for as long as we could, but now the time has come to move on. We have a lot of necessary improvements to the Kiva website in the works, and ending support for IE6 will ultimately allow us to make Kiva better. We aren't going to intentionally break anything for IE6 users, but we will no longer test every release with it.

If you're using IE6, you deserve a better web browser! When you upgrade, you'll find that many websites look better and work better. You'll also contribute to making the internet better for everyone, by reducing the market share of antiquated and insecure software. Upgrading to a better web browser is almost always safe, quick, and easy. There are many good options out there. We suggest that you try one of the following supported web browsers:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our help desk.