Nobody recommends using Internet Explorer 11 anymore, not even Microsoft, but it still needs to be supported. That’s expensive and time-consuming, and the most popular content management systems in the world is considering dropping support for Microsoft’s old web browser.
WordPress is used by over 40% of the top 10 million websites, so any decision taken by the development team will have a big impact. In a blog post, WordPress technical project manager Héctor Prieto explains how a new policy is being proposed to drop support for the browser based on current usage.
The latest browser usage figures for WordPress.com has for the first time fallen below 1% for IE11, and it currently stands at 0.46%. Prieto points out this is a similar level to usage when support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 was dropped. At the same time, such a low percentage means potentially hundreds of thousands of users still rely on IE11, hence the caution over ending support.
Why end support at all then? As…