The official e-mail went out to Google Apps administrators this week: As of August 1, Google will only support modern browsers across Google Apps. For Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3 and Firefox 3.5, this means the end of the line.
The move is reminiscent of one made in February in which Google dropped IE 6 support. Companies like Atlassian and Salesforce.com followed suit, the latter claiming the following in a mass e-mail:
“Multiple security vulnerabilities in IE6 have been exploited over the years. The most recent attacks against Google, Yahoo, and other companies specifically targeted vulnerabilities easily accessible in IE6 but much more difficult to exploit in IE7 and IE8—leading the Microsoft Security Response Centre to recommend that users of IE6 upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer.
And, the kicker:
“Of all of our supported browsers, IE6 provides the slowest and least rewarding user experience for our customers.”
Blossoming Love for HTML 5
Expect more work for IT admins, as they will have to make sure that each employee is using the most up to date version of the accepted browsers. For a big company, that can certainly be a bit burdensome.
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