I just received this email from Google and I must say I’m applauding to their decision!
Dear Google Apps admin
We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.
Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.
Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.
In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.
Thank you for your continued support!
The Google Apps team
In short Google Docs & Google Sites will only support the following browsers from March 1st, 2010 (with Google Mail & Google Calendar following later that year):
- Internet Explorer 7.0 and above
- Firefox 3.0 and above
- Google Chrome 4.0 and above
- Safari 3.0 and above
This is great news! I know that trying to keep web development projects on track that can support older browsers can be a nightmare for developers. I know people don’t like change but it’s time everyone followed Google’s lead and got everyone to jump on the upgrade bandwagon.