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If you’re a Google Apps user and still use Internet Explorer 8, you’re going to have to change your habits pretty soon. As recently announced by Google, November 15, 2012 will be the last day Google Apps users will be able to use IE8. After that date, you’ll have to switch to a newer version of Internet Explorer, or choose a different browser altogether.

In case you’re wondering why this is happening, it has to do with the upcoming release of IE10. Hand in hand with Windows 8, Microsoft’s new browser is set to launch on October 26, and three weeks after that, Google will cease to support IE8. This includes all editions of Google Apps, including business, education and government editions.

If you think this is not a big problem, you might not be using Windows XP. As XP users may recall, newer versions of Internet Explorer cannot be installed on Windows XP, which means Google is effectively ceasing to support Windows XP for those who use Internet Explorer.

But fear not! If you take a look at this MakeUseOf poll Which Is The Best Browser? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Is The Best Browser? [MakeUseOf Poll] Read More , you’ll find that way back 2010, our readers already voted Chrome and Firefox as the superior browsers. If you’re still using IE8, and want to continue using Gmail, Docs, Calendar and Google Talk with your Google Apps account, all you have to do is download and install the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. If you’re using Windows 7 (or plan on using Windows 8), you can also switch to a newer version of Internet Explorer.

Source: Google Apps Updates


  1. raj gopal
    September 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    well done google thank god now people can move onto IE 9 or 10 and Firefox..

  2. sacdiya muhumed
    September 18, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I like

  3. Dylan Brendan
    September 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    WOW! Nice article! ;)

  4. AP
    September 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    With time everything phases out so does IE8.

  5. Carter Brainerd
    September 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Finally! Down with IE!! I don't think Microsoft put much thought into IE. What about Safari? As far as I knew Apple was killing that off as well.

  6. Rob Hindle
    September 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Clarification please - anyone?
    What is the scope of "Google apps" does it include Gmail? The Maps API? Analytics? Google+? (when used independent of Apps)

    If the answer is "No" then does it include Gmail (etc) when provided as part of Apps?

    (I guess not everyone will understand the distinction between "Google Apps" and the various Google services like Gmail etc. This is a link to "Google Apps":

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Google Apps means you're not a regular user, but have Google Apps installed on your domain. You're a Google Apps user if you have your own domain and use Gmail for that, for example, or if your workplace provides an email which works on Gmail.

      If you just use the regular, free version of Gmail (and other Google products), you are not a Google Apps user and have nothing to worry about.

  7. Scutterman
    September 17, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Just to play Devil's advocate, what about the companies still using XP with a restrictive software policy?
    I'm willing to bet a lot of companies are waiting on the XP support to end in 2014 before upgrading their OS, and more than a few will be using legacy apps which rely on IE to run.

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 17, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      I guess they'll have to switch to Firefox or Chrome!

  8. Hiren Patel
    September 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Better to Use Firefox or Chrome.
    Firefox is what i am using fully satisfied with it.
    Easy,faster & reliable to use.

  9. gpvprasad
    September 17, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Looks like Google is trying to kill Flash dominance and move to HTML 5 by not supporting IE8

  10. Boyd Yocum
    September 17, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Plain and simple it is the "plain user" that actually uses IE most of your more than average users have FF or Chrome already. I do find it kinda weird that they are stopping support although a lot of apps from Google help people to misuse IE when at school or work, I see the reasons behind it.

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      They're not stopping IE support entirely, just IE8. You can still use IE9 and IE10 when it comes out.

  11. Yang Yang Li
    September 17, 2012 at 3:10 am

    To provide a different perspective on this, think about our public schools across the country. Most public schools have Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and Adobe Master Collection on their computers. But even though they have up to date business software, the browser they use is still IE8. This is because the machines themselves have i3 processors at the newest. So what Google is effectively doing is turning away a new generation of users from its apps. Good move!

    • OverUnger
      September 17, 2012 at 3:19 am

      What does an i3 processor have to do with IE9?
      Internet Explorer 9 system requirements
      Computer with a 1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      The system you've just describe can definitely run a newer browser than IE8. And upgrading will make everyone's life easier, so it might be a good move for them.

  12. Trololo
    September 17, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I hope it still works with my AOL 9.0 VR software.

  13. Greg
    September 16, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I hate how my school still uses IE8 and an outdated version of FF. If we used Google apps we'd have to switch, but nope.

  14. Zenphic
    September 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Stopped using IE8 on Windows XP long time ago. Chrome or Firefox FTW.

  15. AriesWarlock
    September 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    If you are still using WinXP, time to consider upgrading.

  16. Igor Rizvi?
    September 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    well i have to say i didnt expect this :)

  17. Ahmed Khalil
    September 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    i suggest to add some articals and guides taking about google applications like google apps as it is not known clearly

    • Yaara Lancet
      September 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      What exactly would you like to see? Articles about Google Apps is very general. :)

  18. tolep
    September 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    What about Google Chrome Frame?

    • Quinn Haine
      September 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      I just installed Chrome Frame in my Windows XP VM running IE8, and everything seems to work okay.

      • tolep
        September 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        I mean... what about Google Apps and IE8+GCF?

      • Gerhard Tinned
        September 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

        There is a reason way IE9 is out ... way not updating?

  19. GrrGrrr
    September 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Good move by Google.

    • Quinn Haine
      September 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      I agree. Everyone needs to push hard for IE9, Chrome, or Firefox.

      • GrrGrrr
        September 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        only push for FF...

        • anonymous
          September 20, 2012 at 1:39 am

          Official abbrev is Fx or fx.

        • anonymous
          September 20, 2012 at 1:39 am

          Official abbrev is Fx or fx.

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