Google Withdrawing Support for IE7
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Saturday, 04 June 2011 08:34

With effect from 1st August 2011 Google is phasing out support for Internet Explorer 7 and its predecessors but will this affect you?

If you are running Windows 98 or Windows XP without automatic updates this will affect you.  With Windows XP you should upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 now otherwise you will find that web services will gradually stop working, restricting your access to Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk and Google Ads - which will in turn affect the display of a lot of other websites.  Unfortunately Windows 98 cannot support IE8 or subsequent versions.

Why are they doing it?  It is part of an ongoing move to stop the use of older browsers with less security features and that are not sophisticated enough to cope with the latest web technologies.

Windows Vista and Windows 7 were both supplied with Internet Explorer 8 so will not be affected.

Are any other browsers affected?  Yes, Google are also withdrawing support for Safari 3, Firefox 3.5 and their predecessors.  If you are running these, it is time to download and install the latest version.

Effectively, following this announcement, Google will only do compatibility testing on the more up to date browsers, i.e. the latest versions of browsers and their immediate predecessor.  As new versions of browsers are introduced the third oldest version will be dropped.

Where can you download an up to date browser:

 

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