Google will be discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) on November 15, 2012. Read the full details here on why Google will drop support for IE8.
Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) will be launching on October 26, 2012, and as a result of this, Google will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) shortly afterwards November 15, 2012. After this date, users that will be accessing Google Apps services using IE8 will see a message recommending that they should upgrade their browser.
Google Apps editions include Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Education and Government.
For web applications to used even farther ahead of traditional softwares, Google Apps team will need to make use of new capabilities that are available in modern browsers. Some of these capabilities includes, desktop notification and drag-and-drop file upload features that require advance browsers that supports HTML5. Older browsers such as IE8, just don’t have the capabilities to provide the same high quality experience.
Windows XP users will be significantly affected by Google’s dropping support for IE8. IE8 is the newest Microsoft browser that runs on Windows XP, as Google had previously abandoned IE7 and IE6.
Google’s giving up on IE8, is a different story compared to dumping IE7. Last year, when Google stated that they would stop supporting IE7 is much easier as the IE7 is accounted for just 7% of all the browsers that are used worldwide, according to Web analytics firm Net Applications.
IE8, however, was the most widely-used browser edition in the world last month, with 25% of usage share.
Windows XP faces its own end-of-life as Microsoft will serve Windows XP users’ final security update in April 2014. Just like IE8, Windows XP has a huge presence. As Net Applications measured Windows XP’s global usage share at 42.5%, just behind Windows 7 at 42.8%.
While Google is the first major online software maker to be dropping IE8 from their support list, Microsoft has committed to support IE8 on Windows 7 until 2020.
For those IE8 users and Windows XP users, if you want to run Google Apps you can switch to another browser or upgrade your IE8 browsers (Windows 7 users).
Note that the end of support plan for Google Apps will not disrupt access to its search functions using older browsers.