rip IE 8For 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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