What SharePoint 2010 looks like with Internet Explorer 6


Update July 2010: I created another entry regarding what can work, albeit unsupported, with IE6 : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/maximeb/archive/2010/07/30/what-can-work-with-internet-explorer-6-and-sharepoint-2010.aspx.

We all know that IE 6 is not supported with SharePoint 2010.  But we also know that there are still large companies with IE6 deployed in the field.  I had access to a workstation with 2 screens, one of them shows the result with IE6, the other with IE7.

While we knew that the Server Ribbon bar would likely not work with IE6, I didn’t expect it to be that bad Wink.

 

Note: All pictures were taken with the SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 release.

 

Image #1 shows the an OOB Team Site:

IE6 vs IE7 - Collaboration Team Site 1

 

Image #2 shows a Document Library :

IE6 vs IE7 - Collaboration Team Site 2 (Document Library)

 

Image #3 shows the breadcrumb :

IE6 vs IE7 - Collaboration Team Site 3

 

Image #4 shows the Ribbon Bar in a Document Library :

IE6 vs IE7 - Collaboration Team Site 4 (Document Library)

 

Image #5 shows an OOB Publishing Portal (with more than Visitor permissions) :

IE6 vs IE7 - Publishing Portal 1

 

Image #6 shows an OOB Publishing Portal with the Site Actions :

IE6 vs IE7 - Publishing Portal 2

 

Image #7 and #8 shows an OOB Publishing Portal when editing the default page :

IE6 vs IE7 - Publishing Portal 3
IE6 vs IE7 - Publishing Portal 4

 

So as you can see, definitely plan your upgrade to Internet Explorer 7+!

 

UPDATE: April 27th:

Image #9 : 2007 Team site upgraded to 2010, no visual upgrade, IE6

IE6 vs IE7 - Team Site NO Visual Upgrade

Image #10 : 2007 Document Library upgraded to 2010, no visual upgrade, IE6

IE6 vs IE7 - Team Site NO Visual Upgrade 2

 

Maxime

Comments (3)
  1. Shantha says:

    Great Job! Easy to communicate to users..

  2. not me says:

    IE7? for moments i thougt this post was written years ago. why not use a decent browser instead?

  3. While it's easy and hopeful to ask for IE7+, most large companies haven't updated their browsers yet.  In fact, 80% of companies didn't upgrade from Windows XP yet and a good chunk of these didn't upgrade the browser.

    Also, upgrading from IE6 to IE7/8 may look easy to end users, and it is, it may not be the case for companies who have 3rd party ActiveX components that do not work on IE7+ unless they also upgrade back-end systems that these ActiveX components talk to.  This becomes a massive headache that companies are looking into, but it takes 1-3 years to upgrade it all.

    Collaboration tools such as SharePoint are relatively new for these companies, they have ad-hoc deployments but, often, they do not have an enterprise deployment yet.  Deploying SharePoint 2010 is very compelling but the browser situation makes this difficult.  If you have the choice of deploying SharePoint 2007 today, SharePoint 2010 with reduced functionalities but works on IE6 today, or wait 2 years to deploy SharePoint 2010, I'd look at option 2 personally.

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