Google informed that it will soon no longer support the Internet Explorer 8 for its outsourced, G-mail, Google Calender and collaboration platform and Google Apps. So the users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 will soon have to upgrade or switch the browsers.
On October 26, Microsoft will release Windows 8, and with it, Internet Explorer 10. As Google Apps are only supported on the most recent release of a browser and the major version prior to it, this means that support for Internet Explorer 8 will end.
For users of Windows Vista and newer, this simply means that they need to upgrade their browser. For users of Windows XP, however, the process is more complicated, as Internet Explorer 8 is the most recent version of the browser currently supported on the operating system, which turns 11 years old next month.
Internet Explorer 9 cannot be installed on Windows XP — only rival browser such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. Because many legacy Web apps still require Internet Explorer 6 to run, users of the ageing operating system are being sent a clear message: get out of the old and in with the new.
This severely affects the schools and colleges, businesses and even government departments who use Google Apps, and still rely on Windows XP for legacy applications.
According to Net Applications, Windows XP is still used by 42 percent of the market worldwide. Windows 7 just barely gained the lead on it last month, and even then only by a margin of 0.24 percent. To remain supported, Windows XP users will need to either switch to a different, supported browser, or upgrade their operating system.
Being unsupported does not mean that users of the older browser will suddenly be unable to use Gmail or Google Calender, but they may encounter issues. The apps like Google Drive and Google Docs are much more likely to have issues or not work at all, and Gmail’s new look is unavailable on unsupported browsers.
Those who absolutely have to stick with Internet Explorer 8 may have better luck with Google Apps by installing Google’s but this hasn’t been commented on by Google.