Microsoft has recently announced that January 12 marks the end of support date for its Internet Explorer browser, as far as versions 8, 9 and 10 are concerned.
This means that by January 12, Microsoft will cease to provide any technical support or security updates to older versions of the said browser. As far as Microsoft is concerned, only Internet Explorer version 11 should continue to be the only available version of its popular browser. Moreover, the company says that version 11 has been designed with greater security and higher performance and better backward compatibility. In short, its faster than the previous versions and a lot more secure. At the same time, Microsoft says that the Internet Explorer 11 will also be the very last version of this web browser and it shall continuously receive compatibility fixes, security updates as well as technical support for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
For all kinds of customers, Microsoft says updating to Internet Explorer 11 is actually quite simple. If you are home user with Automatic Updates turned on, it is likely that your browser has already updated to the latest version without you having to do anything. But in case you did not turn your Automatic Updates on, just click on the Check for Updates button on the Windows Update part of the control panel. Meanwhile, small to medium business customers can also update to Internet Explorer 11 using Automatic Updates or get some assistance from a Microsoft Certified Partner. On the other hand, enterprise customers can get some assistance upgrading its employees to Internet Explorer 11 by contacting their Microsoft sales representative, Certified Microsoft Partner or Microsoft Services.
With the coming of the Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10, one cannot help but wonder when Microsoft will also end all of its support for Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft says it will continue to support the said browser “for the life of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.”