On January 12th, Microsoft ended support for all older versions of Internet Explorer. A final patch was released to deliver the last few bug fixes. This came along with an ‘End of Life’ notification encouraging users to upgrade to IE 11 or Microsoft Edge. For the uninitiated, Microsoft Edge is the company’s successor to Internet Explorer. It has been built for Windows 10.
End of Support means that these versions of internet explorer will not receive security updates and you will not be able to get technical support if you are using any of these versions. If you continue to use internet explorer 8, 9 or 10 then you may end up making your computer more vulnerable to hackers. To avoid the security risk, you should upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer so that you can continue getting support and updates as well.
Microsoft has been planning this move for a long time. Microsoft’s announcement in August 2014 mentioned that support for internet explorer 8, 9 and 10 will come to an end. Almost 340 million people use Internet Explorer and a little less than half of these users are running obsolete versions of internet explorer. Microsoft has cited potential risks of using the older versions after January 12th. This brings IE 11 to be the last version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
It seems that the company is gearing up for augmenting the usage of Microsoft Edge. The browser is currently available to Windows 10 users only. Edge has been built on a completely new look and feel. It promises speed and usability which was often missed in Internet Explorer.
Microsoft’s attempt of moving its users to the latest version of internet explorer may see many users either moving to the latest browser or simply switching browsers.