Some Gmail users may suddenly be blocked from this popular email service next year after Google announced that it had to make a major change. The company has confirmed that it will no longer support specific software, such as Gmail and Google Meet, for those using Internet Explorer 11.
This decision may seem strange to many, as most believe that Internet Explorer is not used by many users. But the truth is that it still has a huge user base.
According to his statistics NetMarketShare, Internet Explorer is the fourth most popular browser in the world, ahead of Safari but behind it Chrome, the Edge and the Firefox. This means that it is likely that millions more users will choose it.
If you are one of these users and have access to Google services through Workspace, you do not have time to switch.
Google says all apps including Gmail, Meet, Calendar and Drive will officially stop supporting IE 11 on March 15, 2021.
The reason Google terminates support is due to the fact that Microsoft recently announced that it will stop supporting Internet Explorer 11.
In a blog post, Google said: "We encourage our users to switch to a different browser as soon as possible to avoid service interruptions, such as poor performance or vulnerabilities security. Google Workspace will officially stop supporting IE 11 on March 15, 2021. "
"In the coming weeks we will start showing a banner to all Google Workspace users still using IE 11, informing them of the need to upgrade their browser by March 15, 2021."
Unsurprisingly, Google is proposing its own browser, Chrome, for a better experience with the company, saying that its browser "supports all Google Workspace features."
Google Workspace is not the only software that no longer works in IE 11.
Microsoft recently confirmed that the platform Teams is now blocked from accessing this Web browser. A statement from Microsoft said: "While we know this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that they will make the most of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge. We are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible. ”