Google Apps Soon Ending Support for IE9 Users
Google Apps users will have to upgrade to either Internet Explorer 10 or 11 as Google moves away from supporting users on the older IE9.For Google Apps users, a dependable Web browser is key to accessing and using their files and documents in the cloud. For Apps users who are still browsing with Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9, that means they will have to upgrade soon to IE 10 or 11, the two latest versions of IE, to be able to continue to access and work on their files using Google Apps. That's because Google will soon end its support for Apps using IE9 as it transitions users to the two latest versions of IE, according to a Nov. 5 post on the Google Apps Updates Blog. "We would like to remind you of the Google Apps browser support policy, the set of guidelines for Google Apps services interoperability support," the post states. "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. Each time a new version of one of these browsers is released, we begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version." In this case, since Microsoft has unveiled IE11, the IE9 version will lose support for Apps under Google's succession plan.
"Google's test plans have been adjusted to now stop all testing and engineering work related to Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), as Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) was released on 17 October 2013," the post states. "End users who access Gmail and other Google Apps services from an unsupported browser will be notified within the next few weeks through an in-product notification message or a [pop-up] page with information about modern browsers and how to upgrade to them."