Microsoft recently announced that they are retiring old versions of Internet Explorer, meaning future patches, security updates and so on will only be available for the most recent version of the web browser on each Windows operating system.
The move tallies with Microsoft’s trend towards encouraging users to update more promptly to new versions of their major software – including the decision to give Windows 10 upgrades away ‘for free’ immediately following its launch.
But what does it mean for web design, as the browsers many older corporate sites were designed to work best in will soon seemingly fall by the wayside?
First of all, it’s worth recognising what has changed in recent years, with the rise of responsive web design, newer versions of CSS, and the introduction of HTML5.
Web design has adapted to these too, and many sites now look and feel roughly the same on a desktop computer as they do on a mobile device – which is the whole point of responsive web design.
The retirement of old IE versions in January 2016 makes this the perfect time to update outdated websites to modern standards – safe in the knowledge that most people will have the right software in place to see your site as intended.