Along with ending the support for Windows 8, Microsoft will also end the lifecycle of older versions of its Internet Explorer browser. So, Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 will no longer be supported, and from now on, updates will be delivered to Internet Explorer 11 only. But unlike Windows 8, Microsoft already announced the end of support of Internet Explorer some time ago.
Just like Microsoft encouraged users to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, it now tells users to switch to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge, because browsing in older Internet Explorer browsers won’t be safe anymore, and users would still use them at their own risk.
So, what does the end of support mean for Internet Explorer? Well, basically it’s same as for all other Microsoft products. The company will stop to provide security updates for older versions of the browser, so using them will be insecure, as they’ll become an easy target for malicious software and other kinds of attack.
Also starting from today, you won’t be able to upgrade to Internet Explorer from an older version, so you may get stuck with an outdated and insecure version of Internet Explorer.
Reports show that about 340 million people still run Internet Explorer, but just under a half of them are using one of the expired versions of the browser.