Google has announced that Google Apps will discontinue support for IE8 on November 15.
IE8 was released in 2009 and is the most recent Internet Explorer that will run on XP.
The move will leave IT shops that use Google Apps with the choice of either installing an unmanaged browser like Firefox or Chrome, or finally moving their ancient PCs to a new OS- likely running Windows 7 or if the shop is small enough Windows 8, the new OS the hardware will come with.
In this way Google reminding XP shops that their OS is in fact ancient is very likely to help Microsoft, and possibly boost Windows 8 adoption in small business.
Here’s to that PC replacement cycle, kicked off by Google.