WP Briefing: Episode 9: The Cartography of WordPress

Dropping support for Internet Explorer 11

Posted by Dot Org News on May 19, 2021 at 5:00 am
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Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) was released over 7 years ago and is currently used by less than 1% of all users on the Internet with usage rapidly declining. A large majority of popular websites have already stopped supporting IE11 (including Microsoft Teams in 2020), and even the Microsoft 365 apps and services will be dropping support later this year. When WordPress 5.8 is released in July of this year, Internet Explorer 11 will no longer be supported. If you are currently using IE11, it is strongly recommended that you switch to a more modern browser, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. IE11 users have been shown a warning that IE11 is considered outdated in the WordPress dashboard for the last 17+ months. If you are already using one of the more modern browsers above, you will only be positively impacted by this change, as there are performance benefits to dropping IE11 support. However, if any other users of your site are still using IE11, it’s possible they will be affected. What does “dropping support” mean? When support for a browser is removed from WordPress, new features are no longer tested on those browsers and are not…

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