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Gmail 2.0 for IE6

Google has started rolling out Gmail’s new code base to IE6 users. If you use IE6 and have the latest IE6 updates from Microsoft installed, you’ll start seeing the new Gmail features such as colored labels, group chat and rich emoticons, invisible mode, AIM integration, Gmail Labs, an updated contact manager, and remote sign out.

Internet Explorer 6 wasn’t able to handle the complexity of the new code in a way that met performance and stability goals. Over the last few months, we’ve been working with the IE engineers at Microsoft to address these issues: they released a critical update to their JavaScript implementation that fixed a performance problem with how the script engine allocates and frees memory. We also made small simplifications to the UI when it runs in IE6 to improve stability. For example, we removed the drop shadow from contact pop-ups and the rounded corners from chat moles, both of which tended to cause problems in IE6, syas Google.

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