Effective in about two months from now, Google
will stop supporting Microsoft's
Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) browser. Not for search, mind you, but online apps and services will no longer work on IE8 once Google flips the switch on November 15, 2012.
"Internet Explorer 10 launches on 10/26/2012, and as a result, we will discontinue support for Internet Explorer 8 shortly afterwards, on 11/15/2012. After this date users accessing Google Apps services using Internet Explorer 8 will see a message recommending that they upgrade their browser," Google stated in a blog post.
Google isn't picking on IE users. The search giant explains that it's policy is to support the current and prior major releases of Firefox, IE, and Safari on a rolling basis, so when each new (major) browser version is released, it begins supporting the updated build and stops supporting the third oldest one.
Microsoft released IE8 around three and a half years ago, though it's still a bold move by Google. Why? Well, according to stats by Net Applications, IE8 is the most used browser on the planet with a 25.27 share of the worldwide browser market. Google's effectively cutting off the largest userbase out there.