The news that Google is phasing out support for older browsers from 1st August is an interesting development for the technical team at the Mackman Group, who make it their business to keep tabs on the latest trends for Web users.
The move means people using less up-to-date browsers, such as Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3, Firefox 3.5, will find they will miss out on some of the newer functions found in Google applications like Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites. Eventually, Google has warned, these web services will stop working altogether for those sticking with older browsers.
This change is part of a general shift on the Web where users of older browsers are finding they are not able to enjoy the finer points of web design and functionality, according to Mackman’s technical manager James Royce.
He said: “The websites we design for our clients take both users of older browsers and newer browsers into consideration but if you want to get the full benefits of the latest websites we are advising users to update their browsers to later versions Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.”
According to the BBC technology pages about 17% of web users need to change their browsers in the light of Google’s decision.