On January 12, Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer (IE) 8, 9, and 10.
The Redmond-based tech giant explains more in a notice posted on its website:
“Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates,” the notice reads. “Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.”
The company goes on to recommend that customers upgrade to IE 11, which includes “improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for web standards that power today’s websites and services.”
The latest version of Microsoft’s web browser also comes with an enterprise mode, which the company is advertising as a workaround for companies that rely on web applications that are compatible only with earlier versions of IE, itnews reports.
If customers do not upgrade, the tech giant warns, they could expose themselves to malware and other attack vectors that would be patched under the security updates for Internet Explorer 11.
Microsoft originally announced the end of support for IE versions 8-10 back in August of 2014.
More recently, back in March of last year, the company demoted Internet Explorer to the status of a “legacy engine.” Robert Hackett of Fortune reasons that Microsoft’s continued support of IE 11 is therefore meant only to placate large enterprises and corporations that continue to rely on the web browser for their software compatibility needs.
That being said, Lance Whitney of CNET thinks that the multinational technology company is likely hoping that users will embrace its new Edge browser, which is available only on Windows 10.
Internet Explorer is still bundled with the newest version of the Windows operating system in order to support various plug-ins, extensions, and third-party software. This is despite the fact that Edge is an overall more streamlined and modern browser, writes Whitney.