Google has officially announced that Google Apps support for Internet Explorer 8 will be dropped. This automatically means that Google Apps will be unusable on Microsoft Windows XP, as the latest version of Internet Explorer supported by the good old operating system is Internet Explorer 8, unless you switch to more modern browsers like Firefox, Safari or Google’s Chrome browser.
“As we announced last year, we support the latest version of Google Chrome (which automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available) as well as the current and prior major release of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version of one of these browsers is released, we begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.”, Google states in it’s official Google Apps blog.
“Internet Explorer 10 launches on 10/26/2012, and as a result, we will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 shortly afterwards, on 11/15/2012. After this date users accessing Google Apps services using Internet Explorer 8 will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser.”
One might wonder if this would have any significant effect on the general user, most of whom now use either Google’s Chrome browser or the other open source browser Firefox. But the fact is that most educational institutions and government offices, businesses etc., still rely on Internet Explorer for their official needs and are adamant on not moving over to other browsers. The same is the case with Windows XP. Though Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been established, many offices still rely on Windows XP as the official operating system.
But from 15th onwards these users will be forced to either switch to other browsers or upgrade their operating system, if they still want to use Google Apps and Google Apps for Business, Education and Government.