Google users running out of date browsers were in for a shock at the weekend when the site showed the 2013 version of Google which lacks many of the new and updated features. Those affected were mostly those running Safari 5.1 and Opera 12, although this was left un-announced until it spread it’s way across the Google forum.
Many users originally believed it may have been a bug, attempting the clearance of cookies, extensions and add-ons, however for most, the only solution was to re-configure the browser in order to trick Google into thinking it was a more recent version. Search results appeared in the most up to date format however other aspects of the site were left in the old format, leaving users short of modern functions that they would normally have had access to.
Google finally explained to users on the forum that their Google page was working as intended in an attempt to encourage users to upgrade their browsers. Despite being heavily criticised as being heavy handed, Google already announced years ago that Gmail would soon be unavailable to older browsers. With the regular updates that are being made to Google, there is only limited support that they can provide for old browsers if they are to continue improvements to the site.