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Google Kills Apps Support For Internet Explorer 8 296

Posted by timothy
from the start-at-the-feet-and-kill-up dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Google today [Friday] announced it is discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 8 in Google Apps, including its Business, Education, and Government editions. The kill date is November 15, 2012. After that, IE8 users accessing Google Apps will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser."
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Google Kills Apps Support For Internet Explorer 8

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  • by mosb1000 (710161) <mosb1000@mac.com> on Saturday September 15, 2012 @01:37AM (#41343983)

    Anyone still using IE 8 deserves to be left out in the cold. Modern browsers are free, and work much better than that ancient piece of crap. If your IT department doesn't have it's shit together enough to let you run a real web browser, you can't expect most of the internet to work for you either. Don't complain to Google, you should seriously be considering replacing whoever it is who is making your IT decisions for you.

  • Re:Lucky bastards (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nedlohs (1335013) on Saturday September 15, 2012 @01:52AM (#41344037)

    The codebase he supports is supposed to work with a given COBOL system.

    Whereas said web crap that has to support IE6, also has to work with IE7, and IE8, and IE9, and Firefox, and Chrome, and Safari. And it has to "look good" in the recent browsers without looking like crap in IE6.

  • Thank you (Score:4, Insightful)

    by maroberts (15852) on Saturday September 15, 2012 @03:29AM (#41344389) Homepage Journal

    Couldn't have put it better myself, except you missed out supporting phone browsing too. :-)

    I can program in COBOL and its easier than supporting several generations of browsers.

  • Re:Lucky bastards (Score:3, Insightful)

    by shutdown -p now (807394) on Saturday September 15, 2012 @03:31AM (#41344395) Journal

    You don't need to migrate them off XP. You just need to migrate them off IE and to Chrome.

    But, frankly, if you're still on XP, the only lazy around is you. Stop bitching about people not bothering to support your antique setup - they don't have any obligation to do so, and I've heard enough from web developers to know just how painful supporting IE below 9 is.

  • Re:Lucky bastards (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 15, 2012 @03:37AM (#41344423)

    IE 8 is not the only browser that runs on XP

    Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera...

    Google is choosing to require a modern environment so that they can deliver a quality user experience.

    IE 8 is three years old, HTML 5 support is wonky, and it's javascript engine is slow. All reasons why Google released Chrome, to provide an environment that delivers a quality experience to their users.

  • Re:Lucky bastards (Score:5, Insightful)

    by justforgetme (1814588) on Saturday September 15, 2012 @05:02AM (#41344767) Homepage

    IMHO chrome has become too much of a behemoth. I'd migrate them to Firefox. A fresh OS with chrome on a 7 year old laptop grinds to a halt on the first page. The same setup is perfectly usable with an up to date Firefox

  • Re:Lucky bastards (Score:4, Insightful)

    by RabidReindeer (2625839) on Saturday September 15, 2012 @08:23AM (#41345387)

    Where I work there are dozens of COBOL programmers, it's abanking system, very old.

    Unlike IE, COBOL is a standards-compliant platform designed for a long lifespan.

  • Re:Lucky bastards (Score:4, Insightful)

    by vlueboy (1799360) on Saturday September 15, 2012 @10:31AM (#41345851)

    For home users, you have to wonder if they're just being cheap. If they can't fork out for an OS upgrade once a decade, how else will they be like on the consumer side?

    Home users do not differentiate an OS from their TANGIBLE hardware enough to care to upgrade it separately from their ancient machines; they just settle for whatever new one pops up with a new purchase. The fact is you rarely see noob users looking for an OS to buy in a software store anyway. Part of the issue is that OS's are *not* sold on TV --think of the I'm a Mac ads aimed at selling new machines and the Droid campaign, at selling NEW cell subscriptions. The few that upgrade the ancient Windows machines I mentioned up top see OS versions as akin to over-the-air IOS upgrades, and won't feel the need to pay a cent for change. They'll pirate only half-aware that the are supposed to go to a computer store.

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