July 03, 2012, 11:13 AM —
jQuery says version 2.0, planned in early 2013, will drop support for IE 6/7/8.
On their blog, jQuery says version 1.9 will appear in early 2013 and version 1.9x will continue to get fixes in 2013 and beyond. Version 2.0 will ship shortly after 1.9, but will drop support for Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. No confusion: "If you need IE 6/7/8 support, choose 1.9."
API supported in 2.0 will match those in 1.9, so the reason to move to 2.0 is smaller size, better performance, and "the lack of problems introduced by the need for oldIE support." Websites using jQuery 2.0 can use IE conditional comments to include version 1.9 when needed. But to drop IE 6/7/8 so publicly has raised many eyebrows.
Early 2013 is pretty optimistic, 2015 would be a bit more realistic looking at past development and since that’s just way too early to drop IE7/8.
River on jquery.com
Ew. IE is all kinds of horrible. Can't we just get rid of it?
Rebecca Nixon on econsultancy.com
Awesome, looking forward to using jQuery 2 in the mid 2020's when it makes sense to do so. Sarcasm aside, this is a really poor decision.
Andrew on jquery.com
If you absolutely have to push a single-page web app to a corporate customer stuck on oldIE, Chrome Frame is a very sensible option. This has served us well and we've yet to encounter a customer who complains
nilliams on news.ycombinator.com
Do you applaud jQuery for taking a bold stand, or think they're a year or more too early?