Google Drops Support For Outdated Web Browsers

As a person who understands technology, and the need to constantly update my apps, devices, browsers etc in order to keep up to date with the latest firmware and features, nothing annoys me more than seeing my non techie friends completely ignoring the prompt to update their software! Google also feels the same way, and is now threatening to drop support for their Google services on older web browsers.

An article on BBCs Technology says that Google is phasing out support for older browsers from the first of august. Those using outdated browsers such as Firefox 3.5, Safari 3 and Internet Explorer 7 will find themselves unable to access some features of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Docs and Sites. Eventually those services will cease to work on older browsers.

This is an effort to encourage people to update their browsers since previous efforts have failed. After the 1st of August Google will only do compatibility testing with up to date browsers rather than older versions of browsers. People who try to access those features using old browsers may find themselves out of luck, and they will have to update their browser in order to regain access to those features.

If Google then puts a link to where people can update their web browsers, this could be a very effective way of forcing people to either install the newer version of their browser software. It could upset many users, and if you find yourself stuck with an outdated browser simply follow one of these links to get the latest version of:
Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Mozilla Firefox
Safari
I recommend Google Chrome, since it comes with a free version of Angry Birds. For more information, check out Google’s blog post that covers this issue in more detail.

  • Mickey Mouse

    A) I don’t see support for Opera
    B) There’s no Chrome version for non-Intel Macs (which leaves older models out in the cold)
    C) Some things (like Google Docs, spreadsheets for example) were unusable with Chrome itself, which seemed bizarre. Maybe they have brought support of Chrome up to date by now. :)

  • Mickey Mouse

    A) I don’t see support for Opera
    B) There’s no Chrome version for non-Intel Macs (which leaves older models out in the cold)
    C) Some things (like Google Docs, spreadsheets for example) were unusable with Chrome itself, which seemed bizarre. Maybe they have brought support of Chrome up to date by now. :)