This was not the first time that Google has warned customers and users to upgrade to a newer browser. In January 2010, the search giant said it was dumping Google Docs support for IE6, the Microsoft browser that still accounts for 10.4% of all browsers in use.
Many IE6 users, however, are in China, where the government blocks access to Google's online applications, and with which Google has a contentious relationship .
But while Google and others have stopped supporting the 10-year-old IE6, Google is one of the first online software vendors to drop 2006's IE7 from a support list. Microsoft, for instance, has committed to supporting IE7 on Windows XP until April 2014, and on Vista for three years longer.
Panchapakesan urged people running one of the browsers on Google's kill list to upgrade to a newer edition.
The end-of-support plan for Google Apps will not disrupt access to its search site using older browsers.
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