If you’re a Google Apps user and still use Internet Explorer 8, you’re going to have to change your habits pretty soon. As recently announced by Google, November 15, 2012 will be the last day Google Apps users will be able to use IE8. After that date, you’ll have to switch to a newer version of Internet Explorer, or choose a different browser altogether.
In case you’re wondering why this is happening, it has to do with the upcoming release of IE10. Hand in hand with Windows 8, Microsoft’s new browser is set to launch on October 26, and three weeks after that, Google will cease to support IE8. This includes all editions of Google Apps, including business, education and government editions.
If you think this is not a big problem, you might not be using Windows XP. As XP users may recall, newer versions of Internet Explorer cannot be installed on Windows XP, which means Google is effectively ceasing to support Windows XP for those who use Internet Explorer.
But fear not! If you take a look at this MakeUseOf poll, you’ll find that way back 2010, our readers already voted Chrome and Firefox as the superior browsers. If you’re still using IE8, and want to continue using Gmail, Docs, Calendar and Google Talk with your Google Apps account, all you have to do is download and install the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. If you’re using Windows 7 (or plan on using Windows 8), you can also switch to a newer version of Internet Explorer.
Source: Google Apps Updates