Over the past several months, companies and developers around the world such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Drupal and a host of others have been making a concerted effort to end support for Internet Explorer 7 as its marketshare continues to decline each month. As of this month, IE7 usage has dropped to between 2% and 4% worldwide.
IE7 was originally released in 2006 and has long been showing its age as web development standards and techniques have moved on. IE7 lacks even basic support for many modern web standards including CSS3 and HTML5. Ending support for this aging browser allows us to take full advantage of these as well as many of the latest web technologies and standards to create richer, more powerful products.
We had long debated when would be the right time to drop IE7 support and with its continued decline in usage, developers all over making the move, and the imminent release of IE10, we feel that the time is right. Therefore, beginning August 1 we will no longer support IE7 with our template and extension releases. It's time to say so long to IE7!