The tech giant made a decision to pull the support plug on old versions of its Internet Explorer. Microsoft formulated the decision in its announcement as “prioritizing helping users stay updated with the latest version of IE”.
The company claimed that old versions of browser represent a major challenge in keeping the Internet ecosystem safer and more secure. Therefore, modern Internet browsers feature better security protection. For instance, Internet Explorer 11 has such features as Enhanced Protected Mode to help keep customers safer. Of course, it is unsurprising that the most recent and fully-patched version of the web browser is more secure than older versions.
So, starting January 12, 2016, only Internet Explorer versions 9-11 (depending on the platform) will be supported by Microsoft. In other words, after this date, only the most recent version of IE available for a supported OS will receive technical support and security updates. XP was not even in the list, of course.
Therefore, users currently running Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 will have to switch to IE 11 if they want to continue receiving security updates and technical support. The company notifies all its customers that for more details regarding support timelines on its operating systems they can refer to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle website.
The company also announced that it is introducing new features and resources to help people upgrade and stay up-to-date with the latest web browser.
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