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Google Slights XP Users

IE 8 is not exactly a legacy browser. It is what I used alongside Firefox until very recently. And if you are on XP, which is a supported OS until 2014, IE is the most modern Microsoft browser allowed.

So why is Google ditching support for the browser in November after IE 10 and Windows 8 ship? That is what Google is doing by refusing to support Google Apps for Business on IE 8 starting in two months. The fact that Google can pre-announce such a move tells me there is no technical reason not to support IE 8. The browser hasn't changed. It does pretty much what every other browser does.

This is all about maneuvering. To me it's a way to get XP users over to Chrome, or at the least off of IE and onto Firefox.

Looks like Google snuck a few peeks at the old Microsoft playbook.

What's your theory and reaction? Share at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/26/2012 at 1:19 PM


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