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Phasing Out Support For Internet Explorer 8 / IE 8 and below

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Back in November, Microsoft announced availability of IE11 on Windows 7 & started to push it out via auto-update to users.


    We've done basic testing of IE11 on Windows 8.1 and have also expand testing on IE11 as part of our regular QA process, we'll have full support going forward.

    What this means is that it's time for us to start winding down support for IE8 (with is over 5 years old). It's been declining for a long time now, but it still represents a small percent of visitors to BYC.

    We're going to start showing a message to visitors using IE8 (or less), asking them to upgrade to a modern browser:


    Hopefully this will make a dent in the percentage of visitors still using IE8 before we fully end support.

    Once IE8 is behind us, hopefully we'll be able to quickly end support for IE9 as well (like others including Google). It's currently only being used by visitors as often as IE8 (as most IE9 users were auto-updated to IE10 and will soon continue on to IE11).

    Most importantly, the platform won't suddenly stop working in IE8. It will continue to function just fine for most users, but it won't be officially supported. So if there are bugs that are isolated to IE8 (and work in all other modern browsers), we probably won't fix the issue.

    If you are on IE 8 or below, please upgrade to a modern browser (preferably Google ChromeGoogle Chrome). You can download FREE versions of of either Google Chrome or Firefox from their sites.

    The amount of time and engineering effort spent supporting IE8 is immense, much more than the quantity of visitors justifies. This will allow us to evolve the platform more efficiently and more reliably, we can't wait.

    Let us know if you have any questions!

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