Google Drops Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3 Support

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 | Business | by

Happy to hear, Google has announced that as of August 1 (2011), they will no longer support:

  • Firefox 3.5
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Safari 3

This means that new functionality (which will probably roll out sometime this summer) may not work perfectly in those browsers.  It’s a nice move as those browsers are getting old, and the web has to set expectations as to which browsers should be supported.

Only the current, and prior major release of browsers will be supported.  This sets a workable standard I feel, and stops web developers from having to support browsers going back 15 years.

Google saying they will not support these browsers influences a lot of folks, as the change affects anyone using Gmail (and the various Google Apps features).

The blog posting doesn’t say when YouTube and other major Google offerings will stop supporting these browsers.

The big reason is likely the need for HTML5 functionality such as drag and drop, which can’t be accomplished on these older platforms.

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