Twitter has declared that they’re stopping support for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 and 7 starting May 13th. Twitter’s Tweet button was first introduced in 2010 and was built around Internet Explorer 6.
“When the Tweet button was introduced in 2010, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 was our baseline. Now, most users have upgraded and we see IE6 usage dwindled. On May 13th 2013, we’re going to prune our support for that browser and its successor, IE7,” Twitter stated in an official blog post.
Essentially, the Tweet button, Follow button, embedded Tweets, and Twitter timelines will no longer function in Internet Explorer 6. “The script will detect the unsupported browser and silently exit. The content from the embed codes will remain in place,” Twitter’s blog post adds.
The framework that permits developers to respond to user interactions with Twitter widgets will no longer work in IE6 and IE7. Widgets will still be delivered in IE7 for the moment, but IE 6 and 7 will have throttled support; future features may not be applied. They are providing a basic user experience where it simplifies the code, or makes widgets-js a smaller, faster download for most users.