As the world moves more to the web, these new browsers are more than just a modern convenience, they are a necessity for what the future holds.
A few months later, Facebook also announced that they would no longer support IE7. In fact, Facebook’s new Timeline feature doesn’t even visually render in IE7.
Internet Explorer 7 was released as long ago as 2006 (Over 8 years ago!) and Internet Explorer 8 as long ago as 2009 (Over 5 years ago).
With free updates being offered on older versions as soon as you open your browser, and security being an issue, there really is no reason not to update browsers to the latest versions.
As of March 2015, only 0.1% of the entire world’s Internet browsing population uses IE7. With the latest Internet Explorer now being Internet Explorer 11, IE8, 9 & 10 are now declining closely behind IE7. Only 7.7% use IE at all–but those that do have upgraded (for free) to newer versions of the browser. As of March 2015 the most popular IE browsers are versions 11 (4.1%), 10 (1.0%), 9 (1.4%) & 8 (1.1%).
The reasons IE7 is being abandoned by the biggest names on the web is because not only is it incredibly expensive to make websites and web applications work with IE7, but it is vastly flawed, does not follow industry standards, has security flaws and does not encourage the latest web progressions. Web Developers need to make sure that their products work on a myriad of browsers and devices–Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and mobile browsers, for example. Designing for these browsers takes time. With IE7, there are so many unique quirks to the outdated, 8-year-old browser, that it takes an enormous amount of time to make a website or application support it. Due to these problems, and the very small percentage of people who even use the browser, we chose not to support Internet Explorer 7.
The labour costs to support IE7 are so high that one online store in Australia is actually charging a tax on people who make purchases from their website using IE7.As the BBC reports, CEO of Kogan.com, Ruslan Kogan, said that he decided to charge the tax because his IT team had “become pre-occupied with making adaptations to make pages display properly on IE7″.
I was constantly on the line to my web team. The amount of work and effort involved in making our website look normal on IE7 equaled the combined time of designing for Chrome, Safari and Firefox.