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Friday, 03 June 2011 10:15

Google kills off old browser support

Written by Nick Farell
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FF 3.5, IE 7, and Safari 3 get off of our cloud
Google has decided that it will not support older browsers on its cloud. In a statement the outfit said that in order for web applications to spring even farther ahead of traditional software, its teams need to make use of new capabilities available in modern browsers.

Google wants to bring in desktop notifications for Gmail and drag-and-drop file upload in Google Docs require advanced browsers that support HTML5. Google said that the older browsers just don’t have the chops to do that.

Beginning August it will only support the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, the company will begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.

However it is killing off support for the following browsers and their predecessors: Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3. If users try these browsers on the cloud they will have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites.


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+7 #1 Jigar 2011-06-03 10:32
Howz the support of Chrome's first version ?
 
 
+12 #2 xavdeman 2011-06-03 11:33
Quoting Jigar:
Howz the support of Chrome's first version ?


Nobody is still using that version, because Chrome, unlike IE6 etc. has a "rolling update" mechanism. The user always has the latest version installed when he is connected to the internet (which can be assumed, it's an internet browser after all).

Nevertheless, this is a great step in marginalizing outdated browsers, which will lead to more modern sites, confidence in technology from web developers, and more generally a safer internet, newer browsers have less vulnerabilities than IE6 for example. I hope they implement some kind of warning on Google.com for IE6 users.
 
 
+28 #3 noname00 2011-06-03 11:53
How about Opera?
 
 
+8 #4 darkpulse 2011-06-03 11:57
It is a good move. It is better to be up to date in case of browsers to prevent any sorts of problems, specially with cloud computing because hackers will be always targeting it.
 
 
+9 #5 Bl0bb3r 2011-06-03 16:43
They promote software update awareness. It's good, also because what darkpulse said, but most of all it's out of self interest. The amount of time coders spend testing for older browsers when people can use newer versions, it's a waste. So they decided to force people to upgrade and cut developing time to as much as needed.
 
 
+2 #6 JEskandari 2011-06-03 21:26
well in firefox all they need is useragent switcher
 
 
+1 #7 thaad 2011-06-05 04:41
Quoting xavdeman:
Quoting Jigar:
Howz the support of Chrome's first version ?


Nobody is still using that version, because Chrome, unlike IE6 etc. has a "rolling update" mechanism. The user always has the latest version installed when he is connected to the internet (which can be assumed, it's an internet browser after all).

Nevertheless, this is a great step in marginalizing outdated browsers, which will lead to more modern sites, confidence in technology from web developers, and more generally a safer internet, newer browsers have less vulnerabilities than IE6 for example. I hope they implement some kind of warning on Google.com for IE6 users.


Yes.. i love Chrome so much than others... Fastest respond ever.
 

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