Google Sends Users of Out-Dated Browsers Back In Time.

Christian Thomson
September 2, 2014  •   < 1

Updated July 10, 2019, 3:12 pm

If your browser is out of date you may be forgiven to think that Google’s gone back to 1996.

Well you’d be right to think so.

Last weekend Google started showing older versions of its search platform to users who’ve failed to update their browsers in a clever tactic to get web surfers to update their browser.

Users of browsers like Safari 5.1 and Opera 12 had the majority of “transformations” back to 1996.


It kept many people guessing and clearing cookies and disabling extensions but to no avail.

Then word got out on a dedicated forum for Google support.

Google Support Nealem comments “I want to assure you 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.”

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Christian Thomson

Christian is one of Canada’s most sought-after digital marketing experts. He has taken Marwick from start-up to 18th Fastest Growing Company in B.C. (Source: Business In Vancouver Magazine). Well known for helping business owners navigate and dominate the digital landscape. Over the last 19 years, Christian has helped companies attract great customers using the latest in digital marketing. Christian was also the co-founder of CIMC, Canada’s largest digital marketing conference. Christian is also a professional surfer, representing Canada at the ISA World Games in France. When Christian isn’t growing Marwick, and Marwick’s clients he can be found traveling with his family.