Google to cut out old browsers

Google has announced that it will begin phasing out support for older browsers from 1 March, meaning that if you're still running one on its hit list,

Google has announced that it will begin phasing out support for older browsers from 1 March, meaning that if you're still running one on its hit list, some key Google apps won't work properly.

Google Docs and Google Sites will be the first ones to make the cut, with other apps following soon behind.

As well as older versions of Firefox, Chrome and Safari, the move will see Google waving goodbye to Internet Explorer 6 – the browser whose security weaknesses helped Chinese hackers compromise the search giant's security at the beginning of the month.

However, the attack wasn't mentioned in the blog post confirming the news, with Google instead stating that the move was down to the fact older browsers can't run new web features effectively.

Google has suggested web users upgrade to IE 7.0+, Firefox 3.0+, Chrome 4.0+ or Safari 3.0+ in order to get the best from its services, as well as the "many other companies" ditching support for older browsers.

If you haven't updated your version yet, be sure to check out our alternative browser guide and let us know which you go for.