Tomorrow, March 19th, 2015, it’ll have been 6 years since IE8 came on the scene. Prepacked into Windows XP, the browser quickly gained market share (because average people didn’t know any better).  For whatever reason, Internet Explorer 8 recently increased in browser share, which is a real kick in the teeth for any webhead.  The sooner web developers stop supporting browsers their designer (Microsoft) doesn’t even support, the sooner we can all make the web a more beautiful place.

To that end, our digital agency friends at Humaan recently launched a microsite called BreakUpWithIE8. The tongue-and-cheek site goes to show how digital agency side-projects have real value.

Recent IE8 breakup tweets include:

  • “Look… I was only using you to get to Firefox.”
  • “You weren’t very supportive when I wanted to try SVG.”
  • “I’m sorry, but you’re just not up to my standards any more.”
  • “I’m breaking up with you because you don’t even recognize our :first-child.”
  • “I’m sorry, I was drunk. I meant to hit on Chrome.”

And perhaps my personal favorite.

Honestly, you’ve been dead to me for years. Just hoping no-one would notice I wasn’t supporting you.

I realize that only web designers might find these funny.

A stumble down memory lane


Your Turn

Mind you, none of this is really all that new or newsworthy. JDM completely dropped IE6 support 4 years ago. We’ve made a case for why FireFox should be your default browser. We’ve even discussed the history of IE’s ill-conceived Compatibility Mode on JDM Labs.

So, we’ve done our part. Now it’s your turn. #breakupwithIE8.


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