Time to drop IE7 support in v15.1?

ASP.NET Team Blog
16 January 2015

In the next major release of DevExpress (v15.1), we are going to drop support for Internet Explorer 7 (IE7).

Here's why...

Legacy browsers like IE7 are a headache for web developers to support. This includes control and framework developers like DevExpress. The older browsers prevent us from moving forward.

We have a lot of code that supports IE7 and IE7 only, be that code HTML, CSS, JavaScript, or C#. Dropping support for IE7 means that we no longer have to carry that code forward and we no longer have to provide support for that browser version in the new controls and features we will be releasing this year.

And there are other reasons to drop IE7 now...

Less than 1% Usage

Worldwide usage of IE7 is less than 1%.

For less than 1 in 100 browsers, providing support is no longer cost-effective, whether that is DevExpress maintaining support for its range of older and newer controls, or you as developer of a web application.




How long will Microsoft support IE7?

ZDNet reports that Microsoft is about to drastically limit which IE versions it will support in its operating systems. In essence, only the latest browser version for a given OS version:

Starting January 12, 2016, Microsoft is changing its list of supported Windows configurations. Effective that date, the company said in an announcement today, “only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.” - Ed Bott, ZDNet

Feedback

I would love to hear your feedback on this decision. How will this affect you?

Are you still supporting IE7? If you still have to for the indefinite future, you can use v14.2 of our ASP.NET controls, but my advice is to move forward. Once IE security updates are no longer available, your risk window will start to expand.

Leave me a comment below or email me directly: mharry@devexpress.com

Thanks!


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14 comment(s)
Nate Laff
Nate Laff

Sounds good to me! I'm all for leaner code to drop legacy stuff :)

16 January, 2015
Christopher Todd
Christopher Todd

Sounds good.

16 January, 2015
Mark Harby
Mark Harby

No brainer with stats like that.

VDI corporates might whine a tad !

17 January, 2015
Hans Leonhardt
Hans Leonhardt

drop it...

always better to keep the future in mind than the past ;)

17 January, 2015
Gerardo Trotta E
Gerardo Trotta E

I absolutely agree!

18 January, 2015
asharp
asharp

Good news.

18 January, 2015
Kevin McNally
Kevin McNally

Modern.ie looks to only check for compatibility with versions 9 through 11

19 January, 2015
Andrew Macdonald
Andrew Macdonald

Good news, I'm all for leaner, faster controls. Its a shame IE 8 will be hanging on for a while because its the last version for XP.

Any idea what level of improvements we will see? Script Size, Speed, Memory...

19 January, 2015
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Andrew,

The change will help reduce the size of our CSS and Script files a little. However, the main benefits are:

1. Our code will be easier to understand

2. Less time to fix bugs

3. Better modern browser support

Thanks.

20 January, 2015
TimeSlice
TimeSlice

We have some large government / corporate intranet users and their systems force IE into compatibility mode.  I believe this forces the browser into IE7 mode.  We can't force the users to abandon compatibility mode, even though they are typically running IE9 or higher.  How will dropping IE7 support impact our webforms apps?

20 January, 2015
George Fahnbulleh_1
George Fahnbulleh_1

This is going to change pretty dramatically after the release of Windows 10.  With MS offering Windows 10 free to all windows 7 and above for the 1st year.  There will be a dramatic movement to Windows 10.

Windows XP users will need to get on Windows 7 or pay for the upgrade to Windows 10.

This is a good move by MIcrosoft as it will REDUCE their legacy OS support costs.  

23 January, 2015
Dharmesh Chauhan
Dharmesh Chauhan

I like this devexpress

23 January, 2015
Barry Crisp
Barry Crisp

I'd like to hear a response to Scott Harding's question:

"We have some large government / corporate intranet users and their systems force IE into compatibility mode.  I believe this forces the browser into IE7 mode.  We can't force the users to abandon compatibility mode, even though they are typically running IE9 or higher.  How will dropping IE7 support impact our webforms apps?"

We have similar issue in that some of our users are forced into IE7 mode (perhaps to support their old corporate intranet sites) and when they visit our ASP.NET DevExpress built websites, what will happen then?

25 February, 2015
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Scott & Barry,

Starting with v14.2, we provide the ability to set IE compatibility mode in the web.config file.

By default it's edge. Check out these links to learn more:

www.devexpress.com/.../KA18646

documentation.devexpress.com

Thanks.

25 February, 2015

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