WEBMAIL SERVICE PROVIDER Yahoo has announced that it will limit access to its services for users with older web browsers.
An announcement on the Yahoo blog on Thursday said that only the two most recent iterations of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari will be supported at any given time, starting from 5 June.
From that date, heritage browsers will receive only the basic Yahoo Mail interface, which limits many of the features offered in the most up-to-date edition. Starting today, affected users will receive a splash screen notification on login, giving instructions on how to upgrade to a more modern web browser.
The policy change reflects both the security issues surrounding older editions of popular web browsers and the increased complexity of the Yahoo email interface.
Earlier this year, Yahoo announced that it would switch to end to end https encryption to bring it into line with other webmail services. It followed a major revamp to the service in November 2013 that was met with hostility from long-time users of one of the oldest surviving webmail providers.
The blog pointed out, "By far, the largest group of users affected by this updated policy are those running Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), a browser that is now more than five years old."
It added, "We understand that this policy update may be frustrating for some affected users. We appreciate their help in upgrading... and hope that the subsequent improvements... across their entire web experience will be welcomed."
The latest market share statistics from Net Applications indicate that over 30 percent of web browser users are using a version of Internet Explorer earlier than IE9. µ