End of Internet Explorer 9 support? Read the fine print

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Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 and 10 have been finally ditched by Microsoft . But as a developer, you should read a bit more into it before closing the coffin.

Internet Explorer 7 and 8

Dead, that’s it. You don’t need to worry about it anymore.

Internet Explorer 9 >

Well, there where it starts to get interesting. To start, let’s understand what is the Microsoft Lifecycle Support policy.

The Redmond company mentions two types of support:

  • Normal support
  • Extended support

And on extended support, fellow developer, you should pay attention.

When we read Microsoft’s statement about End of IE Support, it states:

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates. Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Hm… missing something on your “Vista”?

Yes, Vista is not supported on a regular basis, but going deeper into the Windows lifecycle FAQ sheet, we learn that Vista SP2 is still supported under the Extended Support for Business and Development products.

And guest what?

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates, as shown in the table below:

Windows Desktop Operating Systems Internet Explorer Version
Windows Vista SP2 Internet Explorer 9

So now, what should we do? Do we completely abandon Internet 9 and 10 and move forward with 11 and Edge support?

One thing to have in mind is to think who are your clients. They are the ones that will dictate the path that you should follow. Although it is always interesting to be on the bleeding edge of innovation, we still need to remember that there are a lot of legacy devices around.

According to W3Counter.com, December/2015 top 10 browsers showed that:

a) Internet Explorer 11 holds the 3rd place, after Chrome and Safari

b) No other version of Internet Explorer is on the rank.

Now, with this information, it is up to you to make the call.

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