IE8 support ending in upcoming v16.1 release

ASP.NET Team Blog
17 March 2016

In the next major release of DevExpress (v16.1), we are dropping support for Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) across all our platforms (ASP.NET, XAF, DevExtreme, etc.).

Microsoft Ends Support for IE8

Back in August 2014, Microsoft announced its plan to end support for older browsers:

After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. For more details regarding support timelines on Windows and Windows Embedded, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle site. - ieblog

Therefore, since January 2016, IE8 is no longer receiving any updates, including security updates. I’ve don't need to tell you how dangerous this is for your users. Because of these very real concerns, we’ve made the decision to remove explicit support for IE8 and we strongly encourage you to do the same, if you have not already done so.


Are you still supporting IE8? If you still have to for the indefinite future, you can use the v15.2 release, but my advice is to upgrade to the most recent and supported version of Internet Explorer.

Be aware that we are also discussing removing support for IE9 and IE10 in a future version. (For example, IE9 is only supported on Vista SP1 and support for that is being wound down.) Our advice is to migrate to IE11 as soon as is practicable.

Feedback

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

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

Thanks!


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7 comment(s)
Jesper Nørregaard
Jesper Nørregaard

I think this is a great step forward!

Thumbs up

17 March, 2016
Jesper Nørregaard
Jesper Nørregaard

I think this is great!

We can't keep living in the past...

17 March, 2016
John01
John01

Probably can drop upto IE 10?

17 March, 2016
Quadrotech
Quadrotech

Dropping IE8 is fine. All currently supported Microsoft Operating systems have a newer version of Internet Explorer available.

Dropping IE9/IE10 on the other hand is different.

Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012 do NOT support IE11. Only IE9 or IE10 (depending on the OS).

Unfortunately, for our Enterprise Applications we often don't have a choice of browser. We do have users using the applications from all of these Operating Systems.

So my point is: Support at least the latest version of Internet Explorer that is available for a currently supported Operating System from Microsoft.

Thanks

Michel

18 March, 2016
Crono
Crono

"Be aware that we are also discussing removing support for IE9 and IE10 in a future version."

You'll definitely have to keep supporting 10 for at least one more year. You cannot ditch Vista SP2 users just yet.

Plus, there are still web apps used on Windows Server 2012, which can't run IE11. They can't be left out this soon.

23 March, 2016
Chris_M
Chris_M

Dropping IE8 will force me to stick on 15.2 for a while - though I accept it's a reasonable step for DevExpress to take.

I feel Michel (QuadroTech) has called it right - we all want to ditch these old browsers. Mostly, our users want to ditch them too.

But the reality is that those who choose (or don't choose) to buy our software may not always be able to choose their browser.

This is especially true in large enterprise / government situations.

Supporting at least the latest browser available for each supported OS, as Michel proposes, seems like a reasonable policy.

The wide range of browsers supported has always been one of DevExpress's strengths - that the same code can support IE8 and be responsive for mobile too is really something.

29 July, 2016
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your feedback. I understand and agree that it would be great if we could still support IE.

However, Microsoft stopped supporting IE8. So even if tried to keep supporting IE8 with our tools, ultimately, there could be an issue that we could not solve w/o reporting to Microsoft. Which would not matter since they do not support it anymore.

We will continue to support the latest browsers as long as possible. :)

Thanks!

29 July, 2016

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