Angular JS 1.3.0-beta.1 Available – Removes Support for IE 8

AngularJS vs IE8

I was checking the last version of AngularJS now and noticed a new version, 1.3 beta 1 is now available. The last 1.2.x release is 1.2.14.

Interestingly, beta 1 doesn’t seem to have any big fixes or features. The changes presented only include a fix for using <tfoot> tag as a top-level parent of Angular template, and being able to use <style> tags in your Angular templates.

The features only include supporting new <input> types, in particular date, time, datetime-local, month, and week.

A Quiet Release

One interesting thing about this release is that there is no official blog post about it. Actually all the other minor versions (1.2.x) didn’t have special blog announcements, and the team said they’ll only do it for big releases. I’d still have thought the first Angular.JS 1.3 public release to be considered big though!

The only mention in the release notes goes to an old post dated in December last year, that informs about the removal of version 8 of Internet Explorer.

The Big Change: Bye bye IE 8

The obvious and only breaking change in the first beta of AngularJS 1.3 is removing support of Internet Explorer 8. The so-called-breaking change doesn’t remove IE8 specific behaviors or workarounds. It only removes IE8 from test configurations, but you probably expect more breaking changes to follow.

Is removing IE8 support a real problem?

I think it is. Well, removing it is not news, but it still is a tough step at least on the short term.

According to the new stats published by TheNextWeb (originally from NetMarketShare), Internet Explorer 8 is the world’s most popular browser version at the moment, and it’s increasing in popularity (even if only by a fraction percent):

IE8 unfortunately regained 0.48 percentage points, and it’s still the world’s most popular browser at 21.73 percent

Compared to Chrome:

At 16.84 percent, Chrome continues to slowly recover its losses in 2013, and is getting close to finally passing Firefox. Chrome 33 only managed to grab 3.70 percentage points, which would have been higher if it was available for a full month. Chrome 32 grew to 3.07 percentage points to 9.86 percent, while all other versions were down: Chrome 31, Chrome 30, and Chrome 39 fell a combined 5.91 points.

Yes, things are better if you ignore browser versions:

Nevertheless, for February 2014, StatCounter listed Chrome as first with 43.89 percent market share, IE in second with 22.49 percent, Firefox in third with 19.21 percent, Safari with 9.74 percent, and Opera with 1.34 percent. The only part everyone agrees on is that Safari and Opera are not in the top three.

But still, obviously browser versions are still a thing even for ever-green (automatically updating) browsers` stats, so, it’s even more important for non-automatically updating browsers.

Bonus Note: Following Up With Angular.JS Releases

The best way to know whether there is a new version of Angular.JS, and get a detailed list of all changes that can help you decide whether to upgrade to it is the official ChangeLog file on Github:

Every now and then I check this file and learn about new releases. That’s how I knew about the new beta.

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