Friday, 3 June 2011

Google to abandon older browsers

Google is phasing out support for older browsers with effect from August 1.

Using IE7, Safari 3, Firefox 3.5 and its predecessors version of Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites will lose some functions.

Ultimately warned, these web services will stop working for the stabbing with older browsers.

The move is part of a trend towards the use of aging and insecure browsers are not sophisticated enough to handle the latest Web technologies to stop.
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Statistics about browser versions compiled by StatCounter shows about 17% to change in light of the decision by Google.

Google made its announcement in a blog post says its engineers wanted to use the newest features in browsers to make, requiring support for HTML5 technology.

Consequently, with effect from August 1, Google will only support what the "modern browsers" calls. Through this means that the latest versions and the previous major versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

When new versions of their release, Google will be working with Web services that support and then drop the third oldest version.

Aid in this sense means that Google is not only the compatibility testing with up-to-date browsers. It will not test with older programs and ensure that web services will work with them.

Closing the blog post, Venkat Panchapakesan, Vice President of Engineering at Google, wrote: "These new browsers are more than just a modern convenience, they are a necessity for what the future holds."

In mid-May, Mozilla, which oversees Firefox development, launches a plan to 12 million or so people using version 3.5 of its browser to update.

It said it was "frustrated" with efforts to get people to upgrade and had a series of steps to force change.

It uses pop-up windows, advertisements, updates and re-directs to guide people to more recent versions of Firefox.

Figures collected by Mozilla suggest that the campaign has had some success as the number of users to Firefox 3.5 has now decreased to about one million had.

Microsoft's campaign to stop people using Internet Explorer 6 is one of the longest running upgrade efforts.

The software giant has used its automatic update system for newer versions of its browser to connect to many users.

However, many companies prefer not to use this system and that has resulted in some IE6 holding companies and nations.

Worldwide, approximately 11% of the browsers are IE6, suggesting the figures compiled by Microsoft, and there is a wide variation in the world.

Approximately 34% of Chinese Internet users on IE6, like 22.3% of South Koreans and 11.6% of the Vietnamese people.


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