Google announced on Monday that Google Analytics will no longer support IE8 after the end of this year as it keeps its focus on modern browsers.
In a post on the Google Analytics blog, the company said:
To focus on supporting modern browsers, we are deprecating official compatibility of Google Analytics with Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) at the end of 2013. We decided to do this to both accelerate the pace at which we can innovate new product features, and to facilitate adoption of newer web technologies in the design of the Google Analytics product. Our ultimate goal is to provide a superior user experience for every GA user. As a note, we’ll of course continue to measure traffic from IE8 browsers to your website.
We will continue to support the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9 or higher, Safari and other modern browsers.
Google says it hopes to minimize disruption by giving users three months to upgrade their browsers. It seems like plenty of time considering that IE9 came out in March of 2011. 10 was released last year. 11 is currently available in developer preview, and will launch with Windows 8.1 next month.