Google to Kill Support for Internet Explorer 8 on November 15
"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.