jQuery plans to drop IE6/7/8 support in version 2.0 next year

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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.

Too soon

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

I think it's a little premature dropping IE8 support but I'm happy to drop 6 and 7.
Anup Zaver on econsultancy.com

Don't forget that IE 8 is the last version XP will get and XP is going to be out there for a long time yet (sadly), especially in corporate environments.
51Cards on news.ycombinator.com

There are a lot of people who don't even know what a browser is. And IE8 was the default browser on Windows 7.
tambourine_man on news.ycombinator.com

Good riddance

Ew. IE is all kinds of horrible. Can't we just get rid of it?
Rebecca Nixon on econsultancy.com

Sounds great! Can’t wait until the “oldIE days” are nothing but a memory. :)
Bill on jquery.com

IE8 is already 3 years old; I'm all in favour of educating users to upgrade rather than supporting them willy-nilly.
Phillip Parr on econsultancy.com

My plans

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?

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