Google ‘discourages’ users of out-of-date web browsers

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Are you still using IE7, Firefox 22 or even Netscape Navigator 9? Then Google has a bit of a problem with you.

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Google is trying to encourage users away from out-of-date browsers by intentionally serving up an old version of its search homepage to them.

Many people reported recently in a Google forum they were seeing 2013 versions of the Google and image search homepages when using older browsers.

The problem seemed to be most prevalent with those using Safari 5.1 and Opera 12.

In the forum, which is dedicated to Google’s search service, Safari and Opera users worldwidde reported that they were seeing the 2013 version of the main Google search site, which lacks some features.

A message from Google that was posted to the forum said the change was made to “encourage” people to upgrade their browser.

Of course, we all know that Google won’t be totally happy until we are all using Chrome.

Stuart O’Connor