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The app I work on dropped IE7 a year ago, and is dropping IE8 in January 2013. Therefore this is the opposite of a disaster, pretty timely actually.

They're pretty clear that 1.9 and 2.0 will have API compatibility so there is an option for those who still have to support oldIE and one for those who don't have to. Seems like the best possible arrangement.

API comparability does not ensure functional comparability. Two code bases too.

Unless users of oldIE versions contribute more revenue than it takes to support them (which is obviously app/site-specific), screw them. It's simple economics.

I don't disagree with you one bit. This will vary for each company depending on industry, the average browser of the target market, and the price-point for the product.

More the reason I think jQuery could be shooting itself in the foot. Its ubiquity is based on the fact that if you're doing client side javascript, jQuery is the best option. Coupled with what I started this comment with - its possible that jQuery isn't the best option for everyone anymore.

I personally am not a huge fan of frameworks. Too often I see people solving problems by adding frameworks. Maybe I'm just a crusty guy who doesn't use a lot of tools.

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