WordPress contributors started discussing the possibility of dropping support for IE11 in the near future in early March after usage dropped below 1%. Héctor Prieto, the facilitator of the dialogue, stated this week that the majority of participants are in agreement to step forward and set a timeline for discontinuing support. Contributors are now discussing whether to release 5.8 or 5.9.
If the 5.8 release leads plan to drop support for IE11, Jb Audras suggested that he cooperate with other contributors to update the BrowseHappy notice in one of the upcoming minor versions. In April/May, the teams for 5.8 will be finalised, and they will discuss how to discontinue the support for Internet Explorer 11
“The argument for dropping in 5.8 is to realize the change and improvement quicker, while others are inclined to wait until 5.9 to provide a longer window between the official announcement and the effective date,” Prieto clarified. The 5.8 release team, which has yet to be identified, will make the final decision.
Drupal recently went through a similar process when deciding to discontinue IE11 support in Drupal 10, which is expected to be released in June 2022. Those who would use Internet Explorer 11 will continue to use Drupal 9’s LTS release until the end of 2023.