07 Jun, 2011

Is your web browser up-to-date?

Google have announced that from August 1 they will phase out older web browser support for some of their products. This means that if you are still using Firefox 3.5, IE7 or Safari 3, and any of their predecessors, then you're going to find some functionality loss after Aug 1.

According to StatCounter about 17% of web users are currently using browsers that will come under Googles hatchet list... but come on, should you really be using outdated browsers when the latest versions are free to download?

So why are Google dropping the older browsers? In their blogpost Google states that many of their innovative applications and functionality require advanced browsers supporting HTML5. The older browsers just can't hack it so it's time to retire them off. This to the relief of many website designers who spend hours tearing their hair out trying to build websites compatible with older browser versions, which are the equivalent of an abacus compared to the slick new browsers on the block.

Both Mozilla and Microsoft have been working hard to get their older browsers still in use upgraded, but some users are stubbornly clinging to ancient versions, presumably loss of functionality will change their minds.

Venkat Panchapakesan, Vice President of Engineering at Google says "As the world moves more to the web, these new browsers are more than just a modern convenience, they are a necessity for what the future holds."

Having read this blog why not upgrade to the latest version now while it's still fresh in your mind?

Download the latest browser versions from these links: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari. We all love a bargain so consider this your best deal of the day... free up-to-date browsing capability.