It was last year when Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Vice President of Engineering, Venkat Panchapakesan had announced the company’s plan to restrict support to latest browsers across Google Apps. In order to support latest web apps, support for web browsers that are not compatible with technologies like HTML5 had to be ceased. Instances that were given back in that time included features like drag-and-drop file uploading and desktop notifications that require browsers supporting HTML5.
Hence, Google had arrived at a decision to support only the existing and previous major version of a web browser. When a new major version of a browser is launched, support for the third oldest version gets ceased on its own.
The policy had changed on 1st August, 2011 and moved several old supported browsers to the no-longer supported mound. At that time, this included Safari 3, Firefox 3.5 and Internet Explorer 7.
it would not be very long when Internet Explorer 8 will be included to that list as Microsoft works on releasing IE 10 along with its Windows 8 OS on 26th October, 2012. Google will stop supporting IE 8 that very day.
The change leaves the users of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP in a predicament. As there is no version of IE that they can upgrade to from the version 8, they are left with no choice but an unsupported web browser. This, however, does not mean that there is no way to resolve the issue. Depending on the workplace, they may or may not be accessible to people.
There is an option that some users of IE 8 may want to consider. Google Chrome Frame is a plug-in for IE 6-9 that helps in accessing Google Chrome browser in IE. The technology is available as a beta version as of the moment. This may stop installations on a number of systems.
Most of apps and features are likely to operate fine on IE 8 for some time to come.