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Google Apps Stops Support for Older Browsers

Google has taken a step forward with their Apps framework, discontinuing support for older, outdated browsers like IE6 – finally.

If you’re a Google Apps administrator, you would have received an email from Google detailing the discontinued support for older browsers.

Specifically, Google Apps will only support Internet Explorer 7.0, Firefox 3.0, Google Chrome 4.0 and Safari 3.0 – and all the newer versions of these browsers.

Google’s Mail to Apps Admins

Below is the full content of the email Google sent Apps administrators:

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

What this means

Google Apps is no longer being restricted by outdated browsing platforms, and need not waste time and energy trying to be compatible with IE6, so we can expect to see bigger and better features rolling out faster and faster!