Gmail notice touts Chrome and Firefox, dismisses IE as too slow
Google urges Internet Explorer users to upgrade to a faster browser for running Gmail
When users of IE6 reach Gmail.com, a "Get faster Gmail" message appears in the Web-based service's menu bar. The message, in turn, links to a page on Google's Web site that touts Chrome and Firefox 3 as being "twice as fast" at running Gmail.
Last week, the Gmail site also displayed the message to users browsing with Microsoft's IE7, but Google has since discarded that version of the notice. Users running other browsers, including Apple Inc.'s Safari and Opera Software ASA's namesake browser, haven't been shown the speed-up message.
Google currently lists IE7, Firefox 2.0 and later releases, Chrome and Safari as the only supported browsers for Gmail. Others, including Opera and older editions of IE, Firefox and Safari, can be used to access the e-mail service but aren't able to handle some of its features.
More than 21% of users who browsed the Internet last month ran IE6, according to Web metrics company Net Applications Inc. IE7, meanwhile, accounted for about 48% of the browser market during November, with Firefox 3 in third place with nearly 16%.
Google has been aggressively marketing Chrome since it stripped the browser of its beta label earlier this month. A day after doing so, for example, Google dropped Firefox as the default browser in its Google Pack application bundle and added Chrome in its place.
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