Google has officially announced that it will be ending support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 on 15th November 2012. This will include all Google Apps. But, how does it affects you? Well, not much. All Google services and apps will still continue to function on IE 8, but there could be compatibility issues, which Google will not fix.
Google has not detailed any specific issues that might arise in IE 8, but users accessing Google Apps such as Gmail, Google Drive etc. on IE 8, will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser.
This support cycle applies for all modern browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Google states:
Each time a new version of one of these browsers is released, we begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.”
What’s important to know is, Internet Explorer 8 is the second-most-used browser in the world. It is also the only up-to-date modern version of IE to be compatible with Windows XP. And, Windows XP is the second-most-used desktop operating system in the world. But all that equation is set to change in near future with Windows 7 taking over the PC market and Windows 8 upcoming release.