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Google to drop support for IE7, Firefox 3.5, Safari 3

By Emil
Jun 3, 2011
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  1. Google is very serious about supporting only browser that it considers to be "modern." As such, the search giant recently announced that it is only going to support the current…

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  2. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Posts: 692   +48

    1) Isn't it bad for business not to support these browsers? 2) Why would you use an older version of a browser anyway?
     
  3. I'm using FF4, but what's wrong with IE7 ?
     
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    I'm guessing with IE8 and now IE9, there is no need to offer support for yet another MS browser, as you can cover all current OS' with those two MS browsers alone.
     
  5. Anyone who can run IE7 can run IE8, no problem there.

    Regarding Firefox, hopefully this will get my 3.5 friends to move to 4.0. Most haven't done it because of laziness, though some haven't done it due to add-on compatibility.

    Which is nice when most of what I would use for add-ons is in Opera. But Google wouldn't want to muddy the pool with ANOTHER alternative browser! I mean, most people have a hard enough time keeping track of ONE ("I click the blue thing for Internet."), so two was already a big push ("I heard about this thing called Firefox that makes my Internet faster"). Suddenly, THREE ("Hey, I use Google for my Internet!").

    ...Yeah. Poor Opera.

    I have no words for Safari.
     
  6. I dunno about IE7 & Safari 3 but whyy Firefox 3.5? Actually I'm using v3.5 and v4 of Firefox on two different machines and I still prefer FF 3.5 over FF 4. I don't think they should phase out Firefox 3.5 yet. Though its not the latest its not old enough to be left behind IMO.
     
  7. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    For those using FF 3.5 just upgrade to 3.6 and be happy :)
     
  8. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    What about 3.5 do you prefer? I see some people using older software and sometimes it is because the newer software doesn't perform as well as the old but honestly most of the time it's stubbornness it seems like.
     
  9. Det

    Det TS Rookie Posts: 84

    You mean the third-latest one?
     
  10. If you're still keeping up with tech using old browser ****, then I really don't know why you're here.
    Kudos to Google.
     
  11. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 956   +22

    They just want you to go to Chrome so people are sympathetic to their Chromium OS. I will say that Firefox is very familiar when switching to linux. Altho I have not had this experience, a friend tells me a website he uses still only renders on IE6. Go figure.
     
     
  12. I have tree browsers: IE6, Opera 11 and Firefox 3.6

    I have not updated IE6, because I usually use Opera or Firefox, then I reserve IE6 for backward compatibility. What one browser of these do not show me, another does...

    In the future, I'm going to update Opera and Firefox.

    (Of course, I also tested Chrome and Safari, but these didn't qualify for my choice).
     
  13. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 609   +6

    This is may be the first time that I have ever agreed with Google on anything. It is a pain-staking job to develop content for older browsers. I hope more developers and companies will go in this direction. We can't continue to support unsafe outdated software which, proves to be more of an hassle, each time the technology evolves.
     
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,184   +177

    Yeah well with HTML5 support rapidly improving, they're just trying to embrace the whole "regularly incrementally update" mantra that seems to be being adopted. Google is *one* company that can pressure the market to do that. IE, Firefox and Chrome are tightening release cycles as well (all now 14 weeks or less I believe).
     
  15. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Maniac Posts: 552

    I disagree with googles approach, alot of people still use IE 7. Im using it right now in College, I doubt IT will upgrade it anytime soon, they have never updated UDK, still on a version from last year meaning can't use later versions at home.

    ''view this page faster with Google Chrome''

    ''this page looks better in Firefox''

    ''This webpage is designed for IE9


    Loads of webistes have messages like above on them^

    and I don't like it.
     
  16. 2 reasons that I'm using an older browser is 1) no administrative access to pc at work 2) Older Mac at home which the latest version of Firefox will not run on.

    People say buy a new Mac however Apple has not updated the hardware in the Mac Pro in over 2 years. So it makes no sense to but an outdated machine
     


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