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I work within a closed environment that defines supported browsers organization-wide. Put another way: you can't use it unless it's an approved install.

Given that Bootstrap and jQuery plan to drop‡ IE7 support, and IE itself has been on version 9 for a while, I'd like to put together a thoughtful case for nudging my organization past IE7. Our environment does have Chrome, but it's adoption hasn't yet caught fire, and in any case everything we need to build will have the IE expectation, for better and for worse, forever.

What are some other resources (particularly security-related) that can help me make the case for moving beyond IE7?

‡-perhaps "deprecate IE7 support" would be a better term

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"We can't get rid of it soon enough" is not a valid response. :) –  Jeromy French Feb 12 '13 at 22:50
This sounds like a list question. –  Mathew Foscarini Feb 12 '13 at 22:51
Based on the fact your using IE7 means your also using Windows XP. IE7 is not supported on Windows 7 that should be your primary reason to migrate away from IE7. Furthermore by design IE9 and IE10 should still support your tools because of the compatability mode in both. –  Ramhound Feb 13 '13 at 14:17
@Ramhound: great prescience; it was the XP-sunset that forced our organization into upgrading...to IE8 (which always switches to "IE7 Standards" document mode, since all the applications are served via the intranet). SMH –  Jeromy French Jan 16 at 16:55

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Since you are working in a closed environment, I recommend examining your records to see how many people still use IE7. Overall, IE7 has less than 1% market share worldwide, at least as of December 2012.

Also, it appears that Google might have dropped support for IE7 some time ago.

Here's a page with some security reasons for upgrading. Also, newer browsers self-upgrade, so they stay current automatically. I'm not sure if that is an asset or a liability in your organization. :)

And if you want to stay in the IE family, don't forget that Microsoft saw the light and IE9 is a much better browser than previous versions, and far more standards-compliant, too. It was also created when Microsoft was far more serious about security.

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