The Channel logo

News

By | Cade Metz 1st June 2011 19:48

Google Apps end love for Firefox 3.5, IE7, and Safari 3

Only newest (and next to newest) browsers

Beginning August 1, Google's online Apps suite will only support the current stable version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer and the previous major release of each of these browsers.

This means that on that date, the suite will no longer support Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3 or any older browsers. "For web applications to spring even farther ahead of traditional software, our teams need to make use of new capabilities available in modern browsers," the company said in a blog post. "For this reason, soon Google Apps will only support modern browsers."

Each time a new version of each browser is released, Google will then cease support of the third newest version. If you are using an unsupported browser, Google says, you may have problems using certain tools in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, or Google Sites. And the company adds that some point, these apps may no work at all in other browsers.

Google does not officially support Opera, and Opera chief technology officer Håkon Wium Lie recently told The Reg that he believes Google is missing a huge opportunity here, as Opera accounts for 30 to 40 per cent of the browser market in Russia, a country where Google's reach is relatively small. ®

comment icon Read 14 comments on this article alert Send corrections

Opinion

Killer whale

Chris Mellor

Firm cites 'low demand' plus 'abusers'

Tim Worstall

Or why the reversal of globalisation ain't gonna 'appen
The full Spanglish breakfast: mealy pudding, bacon, black pudding, sausages, fried egg, toast
Blood image

Trevor Pott

Can the storage giant overcome a lack of necessary leadership?

Features

No, silly... he was the fall guy for years of Finnish folly
Fraud image
Frodo and the Ring
Microsoft's strategy is to make Store apps popular. Good luck with that