Recently I began received notices at my domains hosted under the Google Apps solution about the planned phase out of older web browsers, mainly those no longer supported by their respective developers. IE 6, FireFox 2 and other old browsers will begin to have support issues with various Google applications beginning in March, and rolling out to the remainder of their services over the next several months.
Did you know IE 6 still has a 30% install base for IE users and a 20% install for all web browsers? (Source: Usage share of web browsers – IE only breakdown – Jan 2010). Is this the beginning of the end for IE 6?
Dear Google Apps admin,
We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.
Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.
Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.
In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.
Thank you for your continued support!
The Google Apps team