March 05, 2010, 2:33 PM — The mock funeral for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) last night was more Irish wake than somber processional, the Web design firm that hosted the event said today.
"It was great to get together with other people in the business and share remembrances of IE6, commiserate together," said Jon Clark, the business development manager for Aten Design Group of Denver, Colo. "People were really happy at the funeral, and it was all in good fun."
"Internet Explorer Six, resident of the interwebs for over 8 years, died the morning of March 1, 2010, in Mountain View, California, as a result of a workplace injury sustained at the headquarters of Google, Inc.," the obit read. "Internet Explorer Six, known to friends and family as 'IE6,' is survived by son Internet Explorer Seven, and grand-daughter Internet Explorer Eight."
The Google and March 1 references came from the search giant's recent announcement that it would drop IE6 from the list of supported browsers for its Google Docs online applications and its Google Sites hosting services starting on Monday, March 1. More recently, Google's YouTube named March 13 as the end-of-support date for IE6.
Between 80 and 100 people attended the Aten Design-hosted funeral Thursday night. Originally slated for its own office, Aten moved the event to a larger venue when the RSVPs accumulated.
Microsoft even got in on the fun. The Internet Explorer team sent flowers along with a card that read, "Thanks for the good times, IE6. See you at MIX where we'll show a little piece of IE heaven."
"It was a beautiful arrangement," Clark said.
The MIX Conference , scheduled to run March 15-17 in Las Vegas, is Microsoft's Web design conference. Some have speculated that Microsoft will reveal details of IE9 at the conference as a follow-up to last fall's brief show-and-tell by Stephen Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft's Windows group, at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC).
A representative from Microsoft's public relations office came from Boulder, Colo. to attend the funeral and take photographs, Clark added. "They were really curious about the tone of the event," he said. "Maybe they wanted someone on the ground."
The funeral featured a pine coffin complete with a dummy sporting a "face" composed of a graphic representing IE6. Attendees had been encouraged to dress appropriately, and many came in black. Candles were lit, and several gave eulogies.