Saturday, 4 December 2010

Google IE6 Web Apps Support To Cease Google Web Apps to Drop Internet Explorer 6 Browser Support - Amongst Others

Google have confirmed that they are to phase out support of older
browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 in relation to new features for
their their Web Apps (including Google Docs) with Google reasoning that
�very old browsers cannot run many of these new features effectively .
In truth we don t doubt that the associated security vulnerabilities of
older browsers (specifically IE6) plays a not insignificant factor in
Google s decision but what is particularly interesting is that Google
singles out IE6 in its announcement whilst stating that Google Web Apps
will phase out �older browser support (so it isn t just IE6 in the
firing line)
The Official Google Enterprise Blog states:
�The web has evolved in the last ten years, from simple text pages to
rich, interactive applications including video and voice. Unfortunately,
very old browsers cannot run many of these new features effectively. So
to help ensure your business can use the latest, most advanced web apps,
we encourage you to update your browsers as soon as possible.
Many other companies have already stopped supporting older browsers like
Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as browsers that are not supported by
their own manufacturers. We re also going to begin phasing out our
support, starting with Google Docs and Google Sites. As a result you may
find that from March 1 key functionality within these products —
as well as new Docs and Sites features — won t work properly in
older browsers.
2010 is going to be a great year for Google Apps and we want to ensure
that everyone can make the most of what we are developing. Please take
the time to switch your organization to the most up-to-date browsers
available.
So, if you utilise Google Web Apps such as Google Docs and you re using
an older browser (specifically IE6) then its time to get your browser up
to date pronto unless you want to find yourself possibly loosing various
degrees of functionality.
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