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New Facebook Chat version will cut off IE6

26 August 2010 by J.M.

From 15 September onwards, the social network Facebook is cutting off users still browsing the platform with the outdated Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 browser. The reason is that a new chat system is introduced.

Facebook Chat conversationThis revamped Facebook Chat system will run more stable, compared to the current system used since Facebook Chat was launched some two years ago. Rodrigo Schmidt, Software Engineer at Facebook, states:

Many of you have told us that sometimes your Chat session comes and goes or even stops completely. [...] We know you want Chat to be hassle-free and uninterrupted. In the coming weeks, we will be making important improvements in the way connections are established and messages are sent, so that Chat will be much more stable for you and your friends. The biggest improvements come from changes that aren’t supported on older web browsers.


So, if you are still surfing the web with IE6, you have now one more reason to upgrade. By the way - just on September 15, the Internet Explorer 9 Public Beta is launching... why not give it a try?

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