Older browser doesn’t have the required chops.
Google today announced that it will soon drop support for Firefox 3.5, IE7 and Safari 3 for its Apps suite. The search giant’s reasoning behind the decision is that, as web applications get more advanced and complicated, the development should not be bogged down with browsers who do not have the “chops” to provide the intended experience. Hence, from August 1, Google will only support the current and the previous major release of each browser (as usual Opera was carelessly forgotten in the list).
For web applications to spring even farther ahead of traditional software, our teams need to make use of new capabilities available in modern browsers. For example, desktop notifications for Gmail and drag-and-drop file upload in Google Docs require advanced browsers that support HTML5. Older browsers just don’t have the chops to provide you with the same high-quality experience.
For this reason, soon Google Apps will only support modern browsers. Beginning August 1st, we’ll support the current and prior major release of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling basis. Each time a new version is released, we’ll begin supporting the update and stop supporting the third-oldest version.
It’s a fair reason, even though it feels like Google is single handedly pushing the entire Internet to keep upto date with the browser they use. Regardless, there is no reason why users shouldn’t upgrade to the latest versions. All of the major browser has a new release: Firefox 4, Safari 5, IE9, Opera 11, and of course Google Chrome 11.