IE8 is dead to Google Apps

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is dropping support for IE8 in Google Apps, its cloud-computing service. It's all part of Google's current-version-plus-the-last-one support policy.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers predict problems for IT shops that still use Windows XP, which can't upgrade to IE9 or IE10.

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By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Gregg Keizer brings the bad news for IE8 and WinXP shops:

Because IE8 is the newest Microsoft browser that runs on Windows XP...the move significantly impacts Windows XP users locked into Internet Explorer. ... Neither IE9...nor on Windows XP. ... At some point, [Google Apps] may stop working entirely in IE8.


Google's policy is to support only the current version of a browser, and its immediate predecessor. ... [But IE8] was the most widely-used browser edition in the world last month. ... Of those who ran [IE]...47% ran IE8. ... IE8 users...can switch to another browser, including...Google's own run Google Apps.  MORE 

What will this mean? Let's ask Nick Farrell:

This will mean that older browser users can't use Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar. ... The move will follow the release of Internet Explorer 10. ... Google Apps are popular in colleges and schools, businesses and even government departments...many of these rely on Windows XP for legacy applications.
Ironically the move is likely to benefit Microsoft which has been trying to get people to upgrade from XP for the last five years.  MORE

But this Google blogger can't bear to put his or her name to the bad news:

As we announced last year, we support the latest version of Google Chrome (which automatically updates [itself])...[and] the current and prior major release of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
[So] we will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8...on 11/15/2012.  MORE

So Sunny Srinidhi drives the point home:

But the fact is that most educational institutions...government offices, businesses etc., still rely on Internet Explorer...and are adamant on not moving over to other browsers. The same is the case with Windows XP.
But from [November] 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 for Business, Education and Government.  MORE

Meanwhile, Drew Olanoff could be accused of not understanding the IT realities:

Thank goodness. ... Good riddance.
I don’t think anyone will be crying over this. [But] for companies that don’t get their workstations properly updated, this could cause some issues.  MORE

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