Why web developers aren't friends with Internet Explorer 7 and 8

Why web developers aren't friends with Internet Explorer 7 and 8

Industry standards are changing quickly and as a result, many of the interactive features web developers use to make your website pretty and flashy aren't supported by Internet Explorer 7 and 8. Let's run through the thought behind why the bulk of the industry is dropping support.

  • IE7 and IE8 were launched 7 and 5 years ago respectively. So anyone who purchased a computer (PC) in the last 5 years is running, at the vey least, IE9 (which is most of the population).
  • If you are running Windows XP, the highest version of Internet Explorer you can run is version 8. Microsoft has already pulled the plug on XP as of April 8, 2014 so they will no longer support or patch issues with it, which leaves companies using it open to hackers. We definitely don't want that for our customers.
  • Many big companies like Facebook, Google Apps and Google Analytics, etc. all do not support IE7 or IE8. WordPress also suggests you use other browsers.

Clients are often concerned that if we don't support these older browsers, their customers using older versions of Internet Explorer (which is a very tiny portion of the population) won't be able to see their website. That is not the case. The website will be visible, but might not appear as intended: since the standards are changing, so must good browsers. We also check your website's analytics to see where most of the traffic from your website is coming from. If we feel there is a large number of people using these older versions of Internet Explorer to view your site, we will definitely take that into account when setting up your site.

At the end of the day, supporting old browsers costs our clients a lot more money because it requires a lot more time from our web developers. And, as this website puts it, "friends don't let other friends use IE7". The same goes for IE8. Now go hug a web developer!

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