great news, but dropping support won't stop the people who use these browsers from using these browsers.
Yes it will, eventually.
Bullshit, I still use IE6.
...and you intend on using IE6, F O R E V E R ?
Come join us in the future sometime, it's pretty cool.
Woah, you're pretty gullible, huh.
It's not always easy to detect sarcasm/subtlety on the Internet.
That's the spirit!
I think it'll make it a lot trickier for corporate IT departments – which are really the only group of users aggressively avoiding updating – to stick with old versions of IE for compatibility reasons. The "if it ain't broke" model is still really prevalent within large organisations, but it's getting much more difficult to justify as individual departments within those orgs begin making use of web apps from 3rd party providers. At a certain point, there's going to have to be a tipping point in which IT depts realise that they need to adopt a model in which the browser they rely on is always running at the latest version – and this is going to help with that.
Most home users, even those who aren't at all tech savvy, usually aren't averse to upgrading – many just don't know how. But as soon as they get popped onto the treadmill of an auto-updating browser, that problem goes away, too. Eventually the only people sticking with old browsers will be a really tiny fringe group of users with super specific reasons for doing so.
This. And as web designers/developers we can help. Let's not support anything < IE 11 by 2016!
If we all will do this:
- IT deps will finally face a "well, now it's broken" kind of problem.
- Users will understand quickly it's time to move on.
This is a misleading title. They are still supporting IE9 on vista sp2 until 2017 when they stop supporting vista altogether. What they really need to do is back port edge into all the old ies.
Everything I've seen says Jan 2, 2016.
According to this, "mainstream" support for Windows Vista ended in 2012. I don't really know what the difference is between that and "extended" support, though.
Microsoft products on extended support get critical security fixes, but no other maintenance or extensions.
Let's give microsoft some credit for trying to remedy the situation they created. It's a delicate situation, and tough to balance.MSFT can't afford to have their most important accounts jump ship. So they have to slowly chip away, slowly nudge their enterprise customers into the present ...
Do you know when was this announced?