As we pass into the Fall here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are beginning to look at changes we are proposing to make to our platform matrix going forward. These changes we feel are inline with current trends out there, and will make it much easier to build a stable, secure, and modern product going forward.
First off, we want to remove support for PHP 5.2 and add support for PHP 5.4. This to us is a no brainer, as PHP 5.2 is no longer supported by PHP.net and has several known security holes. In addition, the new language features in 5.3 and 5.4 will enable us to improve the underlying code quality.
The other change we want to do is remove support for Internet Explorer 8. IE is nearly 3.5 years old, and has been completely replaced on the market by IE 9 ( which was released 18 months ago ). We are seeing fewer and fewer IE 8 users these days, and for those on Windows XP both Firefox and Chrome provide excellent substitutes.
We are definitely looking for feedback on this change, which at the earliest would take place on new versions of Sugar coming out later in Q4 this year and into next year. Sound off in the comments with your feedback on the changes.