If you don't like Facebook Timeline, all you have to do to get rid of it is use Internet Explorer 7 -- but be prepared for a buggy experience. Facebook's latest profile redesign is not visible in IE7, and the company might soon completely phase out support for the aging browser, ZDNet suspects. It took Facebook quite awhile to cut support for IE7's ancient predecessor, Internet Explorer 6. In August 2010, Facebook had announced that its chat feature will no longer support IE6, joining many other web services that gave up on the bug-ridden browser.
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It seems that the same fate now awaits IE7, which currently has a market share of about 4%, according to StatCounter. When you open a Facebook profile with the new Timeline feature enabled, IE7 will simply show a buggy, old version of the profile.
Officially, Facebook says it recommends using the "most up to date" version of Firefox, IE, Safari or Chrome; it doesn't, however, mention support for older versions of these browsers.
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If the move is intentional, it's hardly a surprising one. Once, support for older versions of browsers was an important feat for web services, especially popular ones. Now with many browsers, including IE, being automatically updated for users, there's little reason to keep using a browser that's more than 5 years old.
[Sociable via ZDNet]
This story originally published on Mashable here.