Microsoft: Its Time to Upgrade Your Time to Upgrade Page!
April 9, 2014
If you have visited windows.microsoft.com lately using Internet Explorer 7, you would probably see the “It’s time to upgrade your browser” nag, which explains that IE7 and IE6 no longer supported and blocks you from browsing their site until you upgrade.
This is a great step, as even with XP support going away, Vista shipped with Internet Explorer 7, so it will not be dead for some time. When they first started doing this on the Windows site, I thought it was cool that they were finally doing something to clean up the mess they created with their fragmented browser ecosystem.
However, Internet Explorer 8 is still a pretty bad browser…certainly better than IE7, but that isn’t saying much.
If you are going to break your website to force an upgrade, it would be great to use that as a platform to get them into the latest version of Internet Explorer that you can. So, if they are on Vista, go ahead and tell them to upgrade to IE9. Better yet, go ahead and add an optional tool they can use to verify automatic updates is on and set to update automatically, as if they are running IE7, they may not be getting security updates either. And, if they are on IE8, go ahead and add a nag for that too! Although, I think that one may be trickier, as in a in corporate environments, upgrading past Internet Explorer 8 may not be possible. So, rather then fully breaking the site, probably a nice warning would suffice. Be a nice kick in the butt for companies that haven’t upgraded yet as well.
This seems like the right thing to do, especially as dropping support for IE8 has already begun on a number of popular websites. Even Microsoft’s Office 365 has recently announced they are no longer supporting IE8.