The final days of the old Internet Explorer regime

Following the footsteps if IE6, IE7 too is sinking into the abyss of irrelevant browsers.

Almost three years ago, after publishing the current theme for this site, I wrote about the typical headaches Internet Explorer 6 caused and wished it would go away from bothering us web designers. Imagine, that browser was still relevant only two or three years ago!

Well, years rolled on and now I hardly even test what a newly designed website might look like in IE6. With an estimated browser share of 1-2% from 14% back in 2009, it is quite safe to say the beast has finally starved to death.

As a finishing blow, Microsoft started a policy of updating IE to the latest possible version basically without asking users. This means that it won’t take long until IE7 also becomes irrelevant, if not already at an usage share of 2-3% and sharply falling. Good trend, I might say.

Unfortunately, since users of Windows XP (still firmly the second most used OS online) can’t install IE9 or later, IE8 will be the browser to hate for the next few years to come. Luckily progressive enhancement is a widely practiced method these days, so I don’t have to worry about making a site behave and look the same in every browser.

Once IE8 too has left the stage however, it will be interesting to see what browser will be hated next among web developers. It just might not be on the desktop, but on mobile devices. So headaches will likely remain. Only in smaller, different flavours.

Where was my aspirin?

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