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YouTube planned to kill Internet Explorer 6

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2019-05-06 15:41:10


YouTube planned to kill Internet Explorer 6.

A former Google engineer reported that another group of Google engineers would have tried to kill Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 on its YouTube platform almost 10 years ago.

The statements came to light on YouTube at a time when IE6 users accounted for about 18 percent of all YouTube traffic.

Chris Zacharias, the former Google engineer and YouTube engineer said:

"We started to fantasize collectively about how we could get revenge on IE6."

"The plan was very simple. We would place a small banner on top of the video player that would only be shown to IE6 users. "






The banner and kill Internet Explorer 6


As Zacharias says, the task was very simple, the group of engineers who came up with the plan were clear that most YouTube employees used the company's preparation environment, so they would hardly be discovered.

The YouTube engineer has also established a special permission called OldYoutuber, so you can bypass Google's code enforcement policies and make changes directly to the YouTube code base with limited code reviews.

 The group of engineers together with Zacharias took advantage of this to place the banner and kill Internet Explorer 6.

"We saw an opportunity in front of us to permanently paralyze the IE6 that we could never have again" in the words of Zacharias.

In July 2009 the banner was already active and working, the press agreed that YouTube could finish Internet Explorer 6.

After the banner was activated Zacharias relates that "The first person to come to our desks was the leader of the public relations team."







Zacharias says he told the public relations team what he and the rest of the engineers were doing, and together the leader of the public relations team and Zacharias worked on the talking points to broaden the narrative that the media had established. Communication.

But in addition to the public relations leader, a team of Google lawyers was interested in knowing the reason why that banner was on YouTube, showing concern that Chrome was first promoted as an alternative browser, promoting the fears of that EU regulators seek anticompetitive behavior.

However, the developers thought of this and launched the banner randomly to appear in both Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 and Opera.

Zacharias says that "One of his engineers who did tests in IE6 noticed the YouTube announcement shortly after it was launched and immediately took it to his manager as proof of why they should do the same."





"The internal Google talk focused on the Docs team that added the IE6 banner, so the original YouTube engineering team" somehow overlooked the detection as the creators of the IE6 banner within Google " .

The banner was extended to other Google properties and the Google Docs team added a similar message that was hanging and warned that IE6 support was about to die.