Microsoft to end an IE-ra

Developers rejoice and IT departments quiver in fear – the end of support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 is here. Microsoft announced the end of support for these versions of IE in August 2014 and in March last year, they relegated IE to “legacy” status. This means that the browser will be kept around mostly for the sake of enterprise compatibility, allowing companies to upgrade their systems and multiple platforms that rely on IE.

So what does this mean?

Support for IE 8, 9 and 10 will end on 12 January 2016. A final patch will be issued to fix security vulnerabilities and to nudge users to upgrade to a modern browser.

Microsoft will then stop technical support to these browsers. Any users still using IE 8, 9 and 10 will no longer receive security updates or any other kind of patches, leaving those still using them open to new security vulnerabilities.

There are thought to be a hundred million users still using these soon-to-be-obsolete versions of Internet Explorer, and all will become security risks as hackers look to exploit new security holes which will not be patched.

Why is Microsoft doing this?

The angle that Microsoft is taking is security, security, security. With its recent release of Windows 10 Operating System, Microsoft also released a new and improved browser called Edge. As they continue to transition customers to their new operating system with a free upgrade, IE is being phased out with a push to Edge, giving users a faster experience and enhanced security. IE 11 will be the last version of Microsoft’s old browser that’s left supported by the company.

How does this affect you?

  • Home user: You should definitely upgrade your personal computer to IE11 or the new Edge browser depending on which operating system you’re using.
  • Enterprise user: These are company computers that are mainly maintained by your IT department. They should have contingency plans in place and upgrade schedules, but it doesn’t hurt to raise this with them and see what their plans are.

How does it affect your website?

At the moment, not much. But in the near future, with the extinction of older browsers, developers can use their whole repertoire of coding abilities in developing functional websites without the need to compensate to cater to older browsers.

Investis website clients don’t need to do anything. We will continue to ensure that your sites work on these browsers.

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