Two weeks after the company admitted hackers breached their network, which resulted in information being compromised, Google announced it will scale back support for Internet Explorer 6 sometime after March 1, 2010.
According to a Google spokesman, Google plans to cease support
for older browsers for the rest of the Google Apps suite later this year.
Google also intends to cut support for browsers such as Mozilla’s Firefox 2.0, Apple’s Safari 2.0, as well as Google’s own Chrome 3.0 browser.
On Feb. 2, administrators of Google Apps accounts received an e-mail from Google directly explaining why the company was halting Internet Explorer 6 support for Google Docs and Google Sites.
Google has declined to provide a time frame for the cut-off date of support for Gmail and Calendar.
Gmail has an estimated 146 million users, according to data from Comscore. It is the third most-used email service in the world, following Microsoft’s Windows Live Hotmail, and Yahoo’s Mail services.
At the time of writing, Internet Explorer 6 is eight years old.
Web users are encouraged to update their browsers, regardless if you use these services, as newer versions offer higher security.