Time to Upgrade your Browser? Google are giving the nudge.

It’s possible that since the weekend you may have noticed a change in the way Google looks and behaves.

If it suddenly looks very retro and dated with the old black menu at the top, see below, it may be that you have fallen victim of Google latest attempt to encourage users to switch to newer versions of their chosen web browser.

Google in Old Browsers

On the Google search forums people posted reports of a possible bug, but Google staffer Nealem replied to say –

Hi everyone,

I want to assure you that this isn’t a bug. It’s working as intended.

We’re continually making improvements to Search, so we can only provide limited support for some outdated browsers. We encourage everyone to make the free upgrade to modern browsers — they’re more secure and provide a better web experience overall.

It has been Google’s policy for some time to only support the current version and the previous version of any given browser for their web apps. For Internet Explorer that is version 11 and version 10, versions 9 or older will not be supported.

This change to the Search page is obviously aimed at encouraging all users to upgrade their browsers.

Although somewhat heavy handed of Google, this is actually a good thing. Upgrading to the latest version of your browser improves security and makes many of the latest features of web design available to you.

If you’re still using an old using an old browser (particularly Internet Explorer) then you’re almost certainly not seeing many web pages as intended.