Here's the deal.......
Google should be commended to forcing change for the good. 1st, Java is shit! 2nd, Shit is crammed into where it doesn't belong, like in PDFs For example, malware writers can get Java to execute in PDFs, even if it is a 'comment', as long as it is in the 1st page. Just opening the doc executes it (Not exactly safe).
Now for those that bemoan the need to support old IE. I assume you mean IE8, the browser that 'real' developers HATED from the start, and shit developers loved. All those shit devs are gone, but their apps live on, and live on still IE8.
Organizations are too afraid, or unable to move forward. My last company's primary app back-end is still Foxpro for DOS - Copyright 1989 ....it says so on the screen. I work for a company that requires you to have installed another SHIT app called Flash. What is Flash used for - Nothing. It's legacy code that they are TOO afraid to remove, because they do not understand what will happen if they do.
The answer, use one browser for crap like Java and Flash (and you know which one I'm talking about), and disable them in Chrome (moot point by now) and FF. IF, and only IF those sites require it, break out IE, or else let it/them lie dormant. I know it sucks to not have flash based ads distracting your attention with all their movement, and the utter lack of kitten video pleasure, but Java and Flash are the enemy, not Google. How is it that the maker of Java requires you to run extremely old and vulnerable versions of it just to use their own, over priced, crap-apps?