*Important advisory for anyone still running Windows XP!*
I recently received the following message from Google:
On January 15, 2013, users accessing Google Apps using Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) will see the following changes:
– Gmail will automatically forward users to basic HTML view (http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=15049). Users will have the option to revert to regular view for each login session.
– Users on IE8 can only compose email in Gmail using basic HTML. Features such as the new compose experience in Gmail will not work in IE8.
– Google Calendar will provide read-only access (http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=33864).
– Google Slides and Drawings will not be available (as has been the case since early 2011) .
Google Apps support for Microsoft IE8 was discontinued on November 15th, 2012, per the list of supported browsers (http://support.google.com/a/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=33864). Google Apps continues to fully support Microsoft IE9 and IE10 browsers.
If you are still running Windows XP then you should consider upgrading soon. Many online products (including Google) will soon stop supporting the Windows XP platform. If you cannot upgrade now then you should at least switch to another browser. You could use one of the following:
Either of these alternative browsers should be considered short term measures. You really should be planning now to replace your Windows XP operating system in the near future.