Google announced that it would be discontinuing support for the third-oldest version of a web browser. Google explained that the company would only support a current and “modern” browser versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
As TechSpot reports, each time a new browser version is released, Google will support that update and stop supporting the third oldest version.
Google plans on discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3.5, and Safari 3 as of August 1, 2011. If you are still using any of these browser versions, expect to see issues in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, and Google Sites. Google also stated that eventually these apps will stop working entirely in older browsers.
“For web applications to spring even farther ahead of traditional software, our teams need to make use of new capabilities available in modern browsers. 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. As the world moves more to the web, these new browsers are more than just a modern convenience, they are a necessity for what the future holds,” said a Google spokesperson in a statement.
Google recommends that users upgrade to the latest version of your preferred browser. Google recommends the following browsers, in alphabetical order: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Anyone notice how Opera is left out of the recommendation?Further reading: Firefox, Google, IE, Safari