Sunday, January 31, 2010

Google To Phase Out IE6 Support

As received by email: (emphasis is mine)

Dear Google Apps admin,​

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.

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 next 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

A subtle sucker-punch to Microsoft for not supporting their own products, while still supporting Firefox 3.0. I thought FF 3.0 would be phased out too!

As for Chrome, as far as I know the stable version is 3.x while 4.x is beta, but I could be wrong.


nameisbond said...

What is your take on Google Apps, has it really matured to be used in a corporate environment?

MBH said...

I've deployed it for a company with 130 users 2 years ago and they've been more than happy ever since without a single problem. (they had a dedicated email server before).

Spam filtering is the best, you get ActiveSync (Exchange push), share documents cross domain, corporate chat & a lot more.

I also use it for my own company and have setup the push service on my Android phone ;)

Bashar said...

Google FTW... pushing the web in the right direction. If I develop any website I decided, IE6 support won't be a requirement.

MBH said...

I started developing for Firefox many years since it followed standards.

I also used the W3C Validator to make sure my code was correct.