Google plans to end support for ageing web browsers on its Google Apps platform.
In an blog post, Google explained that certain functionalities present on its Google Apps platform require modern web browsers to function properly, otherwise they present a poor user experience.
The company said that from August 1, Google Apps will only support the current and the last major releases of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Google explained that each time a new version of a web browser is released, Google Apps will stop supporting the third newest version of that web browser.
Google also announced that starting August 1, Google Apps will no longer support Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3.
“In these older browsers 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,” Google explained.
“For web applications to spring even farther ahead of traditional software, our teams need to make use of new capabilities available in modern browsers,” the company added.
Google failed to mention Opera in the blog post. Google Apps does not officially support Opera even though the browser has a 30 percent to 40 percent market share in Russia, where Google has little or no presence, The Register reports.