Google Apps to Stop Supporting Internet Explorer 8

Google recently announced that it will stop supporting Internet Explorer 8 and lower in its line of Google Apps services. If you’re still using IE8, this means you won’t be able to use any Google Apps service–such as Gmail, Drive (aka Docs) and Calendar.

Here’s the official word from Google:

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.

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.

Because IE8 is the latest Microsoft browser that runs on Windows XP, this will significantly impact users that are required to use Windows XP in their business environments. Neither IE9 or IE10, which will launch this October, runs on Windows XP, leaving XP and Google Apps users with few options.

While this may seem unfair to IE8 users on Windows XP, Microsoft has announced that it will be ending support for XP in April 2014, and most business environments running XP were already working on a plan to migrate to a new operating system, and by default, a newer browser.

If upgrading to a newer version of Windows isn’t yet in the cards, IE8 users will eventually have to switch to another browser in order to use Google Apps. Alternatives include installing the Chrome Frame plug-in for IE8 or switching to Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

If your business is using Windows XP and doesn’t yet have a plan to upgrade, then contact OAC Technology, a Minneapolis-based IT support company. We can help you select the best IT path for your business. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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