Google has outlined its plan to do away with supporting older web browsers and to fully embrace HTML5 to give users of its Apps more functionality.
Some Google Apps already require HTML5 in order to work correctly including Gmail desktop notifications and drag-and-drop file upload in Google Docs. According to Google: “Older browsers just don’t have the chops to provide you with the same high-quality experience.” And from 1 August, all Google Apps will require HTML5-enabled browsers to work properly. This means Google will support the current and prior major releases Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, Google will begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.
As of 1 August, Google will discontinue support for the following browsers and their predecessors: Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3. You will continue to be able to use certain Google Apps with these versions of the browsers but you may have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites, and eventually these apps may stop working entirely. “As the world moves more to the web, these new browsers are more than just a modern convenience, they are a necessity for what the future holds,”
As Google continues to espouse the virtues of live in the cloud, it believes that web apps like these will be the future and that making use of HTML5 and its added functionality makes perfect sense. For most web users who will be using the latest version of browsers anyway, the change won’t make any difference to them, but for people using older versions on older computers which can’t be upgraded, then maybe it’s time to begin looking for a hardware upgrade.
Source: Google Docs Blog