Microsoft is finally ending support for IE 8, 9 and 10 on January 12 and it’s been a long time coming. There will be one final patch that delivers a last round of security fixes and give users an end-of-life notification asking users to upgrade to a newer version of IE. After this patch, there will be no more security updates or technical support for the three aging browsers.
Web designers all over the world are rejoicing at this news – they can much more easily refuse to to support such a hopelessly outdated and non-standards-compliant web browser.
It’s one thing to say to a client that there’s nothing wrong with their website, they just need to upgrade their browser. When it’s Microsoft doing the telling it’s much easier to convince people that their 10 year old web browser might in fact need to be updated (and that their web designer isn’t just lazy and incompetent).