Still, before we make a decision, we want to consult you, our customers (or for now, our eager beta testers). We know that IE6 is still a reality for some people, so we want to make sure the lack of IE6 support won't affect your ability to use Kendo UI.
The results are in!
Perhaps the results aren't surprising, but they are definitely definitive:
Votes to keep IE6 support: 1. Votes to drop IE6 support: everyone else. Added with the comments and opinions shared in the Kendo UI forums, and your voice is clear.
Kendo UI will not support IE6
So that's that. Kendo UI will not support IE6. All hacks in the current beta designed to deliver support for IE6 will be removed and they will not be part of the Kendo UI RTW later this year (or even part of the upcoming beta updates).
Unlike frameworks that are burdened with IE6 hacks (such as jQuery UI), Kendo UI will be bright-eyed and clean, unchained from the Corpse Browser when it ships this year.
IE7 becomes the new IE6
As exciting as it is to finally have the freedom to start building tools for HTML developers without hacking IE6, at least two more versions of IE lay between utopia and today. IE7 and IE8 are definite improvements on the horror that is IE6, but they still require the occasional hack and targeted code to deliver full Kendo UI support. At least we can now use transparent PNGs with less concern!
Maybe when IE7 is 10 years old (in 2016) we can have this same conversation about killing IE7. Until then, IE7 is the new "backstop" browser. It is the new IE6.