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Microsoft Plans to Abandon Old Versions of Internet Explorer

By Alex Brown | Small Business

Microsoft Plans to Abandon Old Versions of Internet Explorer image rip IE 8Microsoft Plans to Abandon Old Versions of Internet ExplorerFor years, web developers have been pulling their hair out trying to create cutting-edge designs for modern browsers while also making them function in ancient software like Internet Explorer 8. Those designers got a little help from Microsoft last week when they announced a deadline for support of any version of IE before the current IE 11.

“After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates,” Roger Capriotti, Director of Internet Explorer, wrote on Microsoft’s IEBlog. The company touts benefits for users staying up-to-date with the latest software, but moving away from old versions of Internet Explorer has some giant implications for designers. Here’s how Capriotti describes it:

“Older browsers may not support modern Web standards, so browser fragmentation is a problem for Web site developers.”

Yeah, that’s a bit of an understatement.

To read more about the planned transition, visit Microsoft’s blog.

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