Internet Explorer 8’s Last Hurrah?

Google Services to Stop Supporting IE8 on Nov. 15th, 2012

Those still using Microsoft’s older Internet Explorer 8 will not be able to use Google services after Nov. 15 until they upgrade to a more modern browser.

Google made the announcement last week on its Apps Blog as part of its on-going commitment to keep products up to date. Google firmly believes older products introduce  more security flaws, and newer browsers provide the best user experience.

“We support the latest version of Google Chrome, 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,”” Google mentioned in the post

Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) will be introduced on Oct. 26.  Google will therefore stop support for IE8 on Nov. 15, according to their blog post. IE8 users can expect to see a notice telling them to upgrade to a newer version after that date. Users of TOAST.net’s residential email system, as well as Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government will be affected.

Google’s policy of supporting only the latest browsers began in June of 2011 as it announced support for new Web standards, such as HTML5. These standards allow web-based applications to operate just like locally installed software, providing advanced features and usability.

“For Web applications to spring even farther ahead of traditional software, our teams need to make use of new capabilities available in modern browsers,” Venkat Panchapakesan, Google’s vice president of engineering, wrote in a Gmail Blog post at that time. “For example, desktop notifications for Gmail and drag-and-drop file upload in Google Docs require advanced browsers that support HTML5. Older browsers just don’t have the chops to provide you with the same high-quality experience.”

Included Google services will be affected by the change are:

  • All Google based mail systems
  • YouTube
  • Picasa
  • Docs
  • Calendar
  • Drive
  • Blogger

IE8 users of these products may experience reduced functionality, performance, and prompts to upgrade your web browser. Google search services will be unaffected.
The new changes mean that users who are still running older browsers and older computers will have to consider other web browsers. Windows XP was released in 2001, and the highest version of Internet Explorer available for XP is IE8. Users running Windows XP can use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as an alternative browser. Both of these web browsers are available for download on TOAST.net’s Software Page.

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6 Responses to Internet Explorer 8’s Last Hurrah?

  1. Rick says:

    This is actually really funny. People still use Explorer ?!?

    • Well, most of the world is already using Google Chrome, but the United States is still mostly IE9. Here’s a link with the world’s browser statistics:

      http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-ww-monthly-201208-201209-map

      • Rick says:

        I did not know that, Doug! Wow! I have been using Chrome and Firefox for years. It’s just that I never think of using IE, I guess. Thanks for the link.

  2. Joe Urban says:

    Well, guys . . . I’m between a rock and a hard place. I’m an HVAC/R istructor, and the school has only recently upgraded (about 70%) to IE9. Another 20-25% of the computers still run on XP. Proprietary network-software requires that I use explorer for e-mail, network log-ons, etc. They don’t even support firefox for all the “Admin” requirements. So I, like so many others are forced to work “Sssllllllooooooowwwerrrrr! It’s sad that the big-wigs can’t see the advantages to the newer technologies. They bad !

    Later….

  3. William says:

    For browserships like Avant and Orca, this news could mean the Death Swell, they’re based on I.E.; my hope is they can take on the sunami like decision arbitraily made by Google and readdress the impact of the wave with the necessary supplementals to ride out and surf; shored up to survive.

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