Google Apps dropping support for IE8

Google announced Friday that its Google Apps suite, including such services as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and more, will no longer officially support Internet Explorer 8 starting on November 15.

As Internet Explorer 8 is the last version of Internet Explorer to be supported on Windows XP, one result of this move is Google Apps will no longer support Windows XP, unless users can upgrade to a recent version of a different browser.

Google's decision isn't one made against Windows XP specifically. Its policy is to support the latest version of Google Chrome and the current and prior major releases of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. This means that every new major version release of the competitors' browsers results in Google Apps ceasing to support the now third-oldest browser version.

With the imminent release of Internet Explorer 10 on October 26 and Windows XP's incompatibility with versions of Internet Explorer past 8, this was merely an inevitability. Google Apps support will be officially discontinued for Internet Explorer 8 on November 15, 2012. Users who access Google Apps services in Internet Explorer 8 after this date will see a message recommending a browser upgrade. If only that were possible.

This could have potential ramifications for businesses that rely on Google Apps services, but are still using computers with Windows XP.

Source: Google Apps Official Blog

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Again, more nonsense reporting by Neowin. Google Apps will work just fine in Windows XP, you just have to use another browser. If there was no support or Chrome, Firefox or Safari on Windows XP, there may be a point, but this is NOT the case at all. These 3 browsers are officially supported by Google for Google Apps on Windows XP. Google Apps sync for Outlook is also supported on Windows XP.

Simon- said,
Again, more nonsense reporting by Neowin. Google Apps will work just fine in Windows XP, you just have to use another browser. If there was no support or Chrome, Firefox or Safari on Windows XP, there may be a point, but this is NOT the case at all. These 3 browsers are officially supported by Google for Google Apps on Windows XP. Google Apps sync for Outlook is also supported on Windows XP.

How is it nonsense? Where did this 'nonsense' article say that they are dropping support for XP? Nowhere. You're reading things that aren't there.

They clearly state that it's dropping official support for IE8 and as such may affect businesses that still use IE8 on Windows XP.

If you want to call it nonsense, at least read it first.

mikeyx12 said,

How is it nonsense? Where did this 'nonsense' article say that they are dropping support for XP? Nowhere. You're reading things that aren't there.

They clearly state that it's dropping official support for IE8 and as such may affect businesses that still use IE8 on Windows XP.

If you want to call it nonsense, at least read it first.

The article has been revised. It originally said that Google Apps wouldn't support Windows XP anymore.

The summary on the main page still says
"Support for Google Apps will be dropped from Internet Explorer 8 after the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 10. As a result, Google Apps will no longer be supported in Windows XP."

There's just one problem : IE10 is only available for Windows 8. I don't disagree with Google's decision, but couldn't they wait until IE10 is available for other version/s of Windows?

Raa said,
There's just one problem : IE10 is only available for Windows 8. I don't disagree with Google's decision, but couldn't they wait until IE10 is available for other version/s of Windows?

MS most likely would backport it to windows 7 (mainsteam support would expire in 2015)

Come on Really, People don't know google by now they never will. this is a ploy to get people to move to chrome from IE8 since MS does not have IE9 for xp and 1/2 the PC's in the world are running XP ... they have no choice other than go to Chrome or firefox but I'm sure they will be pushing Chrome sending messages that your browser is not supported and if you want to continue you will need to upgrade to Chrome..
very Smart but Evil Move by Google but expected.. Got to just hate Google.
mark

Josh the Nerd said,
No ploy. Read the article; Google's going to drop IE8 when it's the third oldest version, which is when they normally drop an old version.

It is NOT the third oldest version of IE on XP. So this is a really desperate excuse or nonsense.

Microsoft decided XP was too old for modern versions of IE. I don't think Google should have to go out of its way to override that decision and make sure users of an 11-year-old OS can still use a browser that's dropped support for it.

Gibbyhome said,
Come on Really, People don't know google by now they never will. this is a ploy to get people to move to chrome from IE8 since MS does not have IE9 for xp and 1/2 the PC's in the world are running XP ... they have no choice other than go to Chrome or firefox but I'm sure they will be pushing Chrome sending messages that your browser is not supported and if you want to continue you will need to upgrade to Chrome..
very Smart but Evil Move by Google but expected.. Got to just hate Google.
mark

As opposed to Microsoft only doing IE 9 for Vista or higher, or Apple stopping support of Safari on windows?

thenetavenger said,

It is NOT the third oldest version of IE on XP. So this is a really desperate excuse or nonsense.

That's probably one of the most stupidest comments ever. IE5 is not the third-oldest version on 98, by your awful logic, Google should keep on supporting that.

thenetavenger said,

It is NOT the third oldest version of IE on XP. So this is a really desperate excuse or nonsense.

I'd say it's actually Microsoft's fault to not support their two newest browser versions on an OS that's still supported.

I mean, it's fine if they don't want to, but that doesn't mean Google must support an old browser when there are two new major versions released already.

If Microsoft isn't OK with XP users switching to other browsers in order to keep using Google Apps then go and release IE9 for that OS.

thenetavenger said,

It is NOT the third oldest version of IE on XP. So this is a really desperate excuse or nonsense.

it doesn't matter

XP is three verison old itself and they most likely phase out support for it as well by next summer

MS Should sue lol Google intentionally removed IE8 cause they knew xp users (which is still more then there should be) will now have to use chrome or firefox. Well played google, well played

Colin McGregor said,
MS Should sue lol Google intentionally removed IE8 cause they knew xp users (which is still more then there should be) will now have to use chrome or firefox. Well played google, well played

Or keep using IE and find an alternative for Google apps? I've yet to find a reason why should I even use any google apps?!

Colin McGregor said,
MS Should sue lol Google intentionally removed IE8 cause they knew xp users (which is still more then there should be) will now have to use chrome or firefox. Well played google, well played

No, MS could release IE9/10 for XP if they wanted to, they would just need to backport some technologies.

Colin McGregor said,
MS Should sue lol Google intentionally removed IE8 cause they knew xp users (which is still more then there should be) will now have to use chrome or firefox. Well played google, well played

Isnt MS itself dropping support for Windows XP as well ?

Colin McGregor said,
MS Should sue lol Google intentionally removed IE8 cause they knew xp users (which is still more then there should be) will now have to use chrome or firefox. Well played google, well played

Why the hell would MS sue over this? MS wants people to dump that old POS XP.

torrentthief said,

No, MS could release IE9/10 for XP if they wanted to, they would just need to backport some technologies.

Well yeah adding in support for additional code to support older versions, but it would slow down IE in those browsers ultimately making the user switch to Chrome or Firefox anyway. So yeah they 'could' but it would require them to work on an OS that came out in 01-02. Too old!

torrentthief said,

No, MS could release IE9/10 for XP if they wanted to, they would just need to backport some technologies.


It has been stated many times that they can't and won't. XP is an old frame and you can only do so much to a frame as the costs wouldn't be worth it.

Josh the Nerd said,
Windows XP isn't actually being dropped, just the combination of XP and IE.

I'm sure they will push Google Chrome or even Chrome Frame for those on XP and IE8.

Josh the Nerd said,
Windows XP isn't actually being dropped, just the combination of XP and IE.

just till this time next year and they would announce dropping support of chrome for XP

thealexweb said,
We still have XP running on some PCs at my uni Yet we use Office 2010 for some reason -.^

Upgrading the oses and hardware costs more than Office 2010.

soldier1st said,

Upgrading the oses and hardware costs more than Office 2010.

I suppose but I wasn't expecting us still to be on an ancient version of Office as well.

Hah. This will seriously hurt my uni. All uni PC's still run Windows XP and all student email relies on Google Apps (and a lot of calendar/docs too). Luckily they do have Firefox 4 (blech) and Chrome (an older version too) installed too, but usually nobody bothers to use those.

Just because they are dropping official support, doesn't mean the sites will stop working.. They will probably work fine for years to come.. less a few features that won't react as well as in a modern browser.

Ryoken said,
Just because they are dropping official support, doesn't mean the sites will stop working.. They will probably work fine for years to come.. less a few features that won't react as well as in a modern browser.

Yep,
Just use the basic html version and I'm sure it will still work. That's how I use it now anyway so I don't get all that Google crap loading in my mail, which is the ONLY Google product I use, and that is just for junk mail.

Ambroos said,
Hah. This will seriously hurt my uni. All uni PC's still run Windows XP and all student email relies on Google Apps (and a lot of calendar/docs too). Luckily they do have Firefox 4 (blech) and Chrome (an older version too) installed too, but usually nobody bothers to use those.

Mine upgraded to 7 last year(i believe around may/june)

Brilliant news. Get people off these pain in the backside versions of IE. There is no reason why Firefox or Chrome/Chromium shouldn't be used with XP when accessing the web.

ShMaunder said,
Brilliant news. Get people off these pain in the backside versions of IE. There is no reason why Firefox or Chrome/Chromium shouldn't be used with XP when accessing the web.

Actually, there's no reason to use Windows XP anymore...

mahara said,

Actually, there's no reason to use Windows XP anymore...


After official support is dropped then yes. XP is still supported till 2014 but by then there won't be many XP users around.