September 17, 2012
Internet Explorer 8, Windows XP Get The Boot From Google
John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
We know YOU are a tech-savvy individual with recent and modern versions of your software. It keeps you buzzing along in the fast lane of the internet and safe from spammers and crooks hiding in the sidelines.
However you probably know of someone who refuses to click the upgrade button, ignores the pleas to join the 21st century and is blind to modern software long after everyone else has moved on. Well maybe Google can help you see the light, err, I mean help your friend that is.
“As we announced last year, we support the latest version of Google Chrome (which automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available) as well as the current and prior major release of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis,” wrote a Google representative in a Friday blog post. “Each time a new version of one of these browsers is released, we begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.”
Google doesn´t note the compatibility issues that could happen following the transition but users accessing Google apps with IE8 will start to see messages indicating that they should upgrade their browser, writes David Murphy for PC Mag.
Unfortunately for them, IE8 is the most up-to-date version of IE that can run on Windows XP, an operating system that some corporate environments maintain. According to the latest global numbers from StatCounter, IE8 still has a market share of 13.7 percent as of August, almost double the market share of IE7 when Google killed off support for that browser in July of last year.
In doing so, writes Zack Whittaker for ZDNet, Google is challenging the IT departments of colleges, schools, businesses and even government departments to modernize.
This modernization however may inadvertently boost Google´s competitor Microsoft, by pushing Windows 7 sales, seen by many as safe middle-ground between Windows Vista and the forthcoming game-changing Windows 8.