On January 12, 2016, Microsoft quit supporting Internet Explorer (IE) 8, 9 and 10. True, there are a few exceptions, IE 9 on Vista and Windows Server 2008, and IE 10 on Windows Server 2012 still live. But for most Windows users the time has come to switch to a new browser. The reason we are advising you about this issue is because we will no longer be supporting web design for Internet Explorer either. Our theory is that the time involved in finding fixes for IE when less than 20% of the population continues to use it, is unmanageable.
Most of the websites we have designed continue to work in Internet Explorer, but as time goes on, you may notice a break here and there. We wanted to let you know in case you get calls from clients/patients/customers or others using your websites. Some of the new features that we have installed in our most recent website design just aren’t displaying properly in IE. In particular, if you have Windows 7 and IE 11, you are going to start having issues.
We try not to drop an issue in your lap without a resolution. So our research has shown that when you replace IE 8, 9 or 10 on Windows 7, Chrome is easily the best choice. Opera, which has become the forgotten browser, also deserves some attention. Firefox, which has had more than its fair share of troubles, doesn’t appear to be a good choice. And, IE 11 on Windows 7 just doesn’t cut the mustard. (That last part is a direct quote from Wired magazine!)
I took the leap and switched my browser to Chrome this week. I fought Steven’s advice on this for the past six months, but finally took the plunge. I will say that there are a couple of really nice features. You can export your favorites into Chrome in just under a minute. If you aren’t sure how to upload a new browser, here is a link to a short YouTube video with easy instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seDbD1_vO7c (Thank you Steven. Your old mom appreciates the help!)
We will continue to check websites in multiple browsers as we design to make sure they are displaying correctly, but we won’t be check IE any longer.
I know that some of you are going to want to know what our sources are, so this is a graph from the IE Wikipedia page that shows Usage Share for web browsers since 2009: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Usage_share_of_web_browsers_(Source_StatCounter).svg
And here is a link to an article that explains why IE is going away: http://www.wired.com/2016/01/the-sorry-legacy-of-microsoft-internet-explorer/
If you have any questions, email Steven (I’m laughing).