I wrote what I knew to look for and didn’t bother to go any further with it. An interesting discovery: Microsoft stated it will no longer support anything but the latest IE version for a specific Windows version after January 11, 2016 (yes, next month). That means any IE version lower than 9 won’t be supported on the desktop.
I can’t wait.
Both Google and Microsoft irritate the heck out of me. Both of them have a habit of moving things around on their own web properties. The references I’m going to point you to may move without me knowing about it. Checking for broken links will probably be the only way I’ll find out. Anyway…
The Windows lifecycle fact sheet tells us when Microsoft will stop supporting particular versions of Windows – their end of life dates. Windows XP is dead. Windows Vista and Windows 7 are both on life support.
The Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ tells us about IE support. The chart becomes effective on January 12, 2016.
My server logs show me a lot of fake user agents. I can’t really do anything about it without blocking the IP addresses they come from and I don’t want to do that.
Some of the fake user agents say they’re still using various Windows versions and various Internet Explorer versions. I block user agents with MSIE 6 or less. I block operating systems lower than Windows XP. Eventually, I’ll start blocking more.
Some people have no choice. My server logs show me a lot of IP addresses in the Philippines using IE 7. Why? Because the Internet cafes those people go to haven’t upgraded anything in years. End of life dates mean nothing to the owners of those Internet cafes until their stuff stops working.
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Some people really hate the way Microsoft does it's version support. Having some experience with the way IBM does it, I can understand why moving away from old[er] software can be a great business decision. Imagine supporting every version of everything Microsoft ever built.... Forward progress cannot be made if all you do is support your old stuff.
It makes no business sense to continue to support things that people refuse to update. I'm not so sure blocking everything that isn't updated makes much sense either. If they access your content, I'm not seeing a risk to you, I DO see a risk to _them_ if they continue to use outdated software to browse the Internet.
It is fascinating to see End of Life problems in a whole bunch of software that is Internet Facing.
I still have IE 8 on WinXP on an old netbook but I won't use it. The only things I've retrieved off the net with the netbook are MusicBee and VLC. And I used some off-the-wall web browser to do it, not IE. I don't trust older versions of anything. Oh, and what I'm blocking appears to be nothing but bots. I check what I block periodically and I haven't found a non-datacenter IP address yet.
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