Google today announced it is discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 8 in Google Apps, including its Business, Education, and Government editions. The kill date is November 15, 2012. After that, IE8 users accessing Google Apps will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser.
Why that date you may be asking? Well, Internet Explorer 10 launches on October 26 (the day Windows 8 goes on sale), so Google is giving its customers till the middle of the next month to upgrade. The search giant explains:
As we announced last year, we support the latest version of Google Chrome (which automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available) as well as the current and prior major release of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version of one of these browsers is released, we begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.
In August 2011, Google killed support for Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3. Now it’s moving on to IE8. If you use an unsupported browser, you’ll have trouble with certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, and Google Sites, and eventually they apps will just stop working entirely.