The Blogosphere Is Rejoicing Over IE 8 9 10 End of Life…
Microsoft announced this week that IE 8 9 10 would no longer receive support.
This leaves Windows 7 and 8.x users with the option of upgrading to IE 11 or making the leap to Windows 10.
Whilst many Web Professionals, Developers, Designers and Testers in my feed are doing the Happy Dance over the fact they can follow Microsoft’s lead and end support for these versions of IE, there are inherent problems.
Now For The Bad News…
For those of you who are the IE hateful, there may be some aspects of this announcement you haven’t considered.
Whilst blogs like the Verge, Ars Techica and others are touting this news as Microsoft .. killing Internet Explorer. The fact is end of life means Microsoft will actually no longer support these versions.
IE 8 9 10 will no longer receive patches, hot fixes or security updates and whilst Microsoft might remind users to upgrade their browsers, it won’t force it on them. As such, how many people out there are going to be left with unsecured browsers? Not so happy now huh?
Microsoft has faced this problem before with end of life for IE6. Moving users out of their comfort zone is no small challenge. Even if Windows Update is set to automatic updates, the user is almost certainly going to have to opt-in to updating their browser to IE11. Moving users from IE 8 9 10 to Chrome or Firefox? Even more of a challenge.
So Microsoft will be looking for creative ways to entice users with IE 8 9 10 to upgrade and reduce the footprint of masses of unsecured browsers in homes and the workplace. The workplace is somewhat easier, it requires influencing IT Professionals, Ops and CIO’s to take their business back to secure, patched browser use.
The home users are going to be a bigger problem. Telling users they get a more secure browser is too abstract, everyday consumers need a tangible incentive. Many may also not have Windows Update setup to push automatic updates or just see it as an annoyance.
The Warptest POV
I make no bones about the fact that if your PC can handle the move to Windows 10 then upgrading the OS is the way to go. If that’s not for you then you should be running Windows Update right now and updating IE 8 9 10 to IE 11.
If you have been cheering the so-called demise of these browsers then I have a challenge for you. Now you know the browsers aren’t going anywhere, just the support for them, what are YOU going to do to resolve this problem? Each of us know a bunch of people who won’t be updating their browsers, why not do it for them after convincing them that IE 11 is still in their comfort zone, even if Chrome and Firefox aren’t. The UX isn’t a drastic change and the UI is still clearly 100% Internet Explorer. They may just be too anxious to run the update themselves.
There, you just made the internet a safer place and reduced the number of unprotected versions of IE 8 9 10 running out there. Doesn’t that feel good?
Now as for Microsoft, if I can run a crowdsource project like this off the cuff, what are you going to do? Especially for non-techy consumers to make the update to IE 11 or Windows 10, then they need to feel a tangible incentive. This is going to need to serious evangelism, no? Game on Redmond.