37signals to stop developing for IE8

Of late, prominent industry figures have been encouraging developers to quit working hard to support old browsers. Aral Balkan revealed his one-version manifesto, and Peter-Paul Koch said we "have to start seriously thinking about dropping IE6/7 support altogether or we'll never get rid of them".

37signals has form in this area. In 2005, it ditched support for IE5, and a few years later IE6 support was phased out, with founder Jason Fried telling .net: "IE6 compatibility can take a lot of time and compromise the experience for people with modern browsers, because you have to make all sorts of sacrifices." He also argued that in budget-conscious times, it can be "more cost-effective to lose some customers, but save development time".

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