Backward Compatibility, Explained

Troy Hunt has a long post on how many desktops are still running Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP and why that is.

If you’ve read this blog for much of its five year existence, you know I harp a lot on understanding why so many users are locked into old browsers, and why the number of them still running old versions of IE is still quite high. And why you need to account for it, whether to make your stuff backward compatible or to consciously decide not to support old beasts out there and what that might mean.

Also, you should always find out what your clients are running. Oh, the number of times developers, left to their own devices, would write things for their clients that their clients would be unable to run.

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