Next week Microsoft will drop support for the their older versions of Internet Explorer. This includes IE8, IE9 and IE10. For many web designers and developers it will come as a relief.
With most browsers now offering automatic updates, it feels like a giant step forward compared to just 5 years ago. As an industry it feels like we are now able to start adopting new technologies much quicker, without the fear of some users not being supported.
I recently wrote a post on iWeb’s blog discussing the implications of this change.
Starting from Wednesday 13th January 2016 Microsoft will drop support for all but their latest version of Internet Explorer and they’re new browser, Edge. This means that Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 will no longer be officially supported.
Currently those three browsers account for just under 3% of the browser market.
This announcement coincides with the announcement that some older browsers (including Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10) will no longer be able to take secure payments online. This was originally going to be implemented this summer but has since been delayed until 2018. Last June SagePay, a popular payment gateway, removed support for Windows XP users.
Posted on 8th January 2016
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