Browser Support Update: No longer supporting Internet Explorer 8

TodaysMeet will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as of March 1st, 2015.

What this means

Being a “supported browser” means two things:

  • I test TodaysMeet in that browser, and
  • I will fix issues in that browser.

As of March 1st, I will no longer test TodaysMeet in IE8 or fix issues with TodayMeet that only happen in IE8. It does not mean that TodaysMeet will immediately stop working in IE8. It may stop working soon, though.

No other browsers are affected. TodaysMeet still supports:

  • Google Chrome (most recent two versions)
  • Mozilla Firefox (most recent two versions and most recent extended support release)
  • Internet Explorer (version 9 and above)
  • Apple Safari (version 7 and above)
  • Opera (most recent version)
  • iOS – all devices
    • Built-in Safari on iOS 7 and 8
    • Chrome (most recent version)
  • Android – all devices
    • Built-in Android browser (version 4 and above)
    • Chrome (most recent version)
    • Firefox (most recent version)

Why this is changing

The more browsers TodaysMeet supports, the more time I spend on testing instead of building new features. Older browsers also limit the tools I have available which makes building those features slower or—occasionally—impossible.

IE8 is a particularly old browser: its tool box is missing a number of very powerful tools that would let me fix or build some things in minutes or hours instead of days or weeks. It also holds me back from upgrading some of the other tools I use to newer, smaller, faster versions—upgrades that would make TodaysMeet faster and more secure for you.

Finally, IE8 use has been declining all school year, and now accounts for less then one half of one percent of all visits to TodaysMeet. While I do my best to make TodaysMeet available to everybody on all devices—this is a big reason why there is not a TodaysMeet app yet—this trade-off costs 99.5% of the users too much.

(0.5% is a guideline that I take into account with a number of other factors when making these decisions.)

Dropping a supported browser is never done lightly, but in this case it will help me fix a big list of paper cuts across the site, and help pave the way for an even better TodaysMeet experience in the future.