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03 Feb 2010

Google Phasing Out IE6 Support

In an e Mail to all Google apps administrators Google has stated they will be phasing out support for IE6 in the near future.

HTML5 standards, faster JavaScript processing and JavaScript such as jQuery is not supported in the older browsers. Other browser manufacturers that have older browsers still supported will also not function properly with upgraded technology.

This DOES NOT mean IE6 will be phased out completely at this time. It does mean after March 1st -2010 certain apps in the Google apps suite such as Google Docs and Google Sites (Google’s site building software) will not work properly in IE6.

Please read the entire e Mail below.

Dear Google Apps admin,

In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.

In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.

Thank you for your continued support!


The Google Apps team

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