Microsoft to End Support for All Older Versions of Internet Explorer

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Internet Explorer has been replaced by Microsoft Edge as Windows 10’s main browser, but Microsoft decided not to remove it completely from the system. As it has been said by Microsoft, the company doesn’t plan to kill Internet Explorer at all, which means that as long as Windows 10’s life cycle lasts, Internet Explorer will be the part of it. But the company will certainly focus more on Edge, so Internet Explorer will get minimal support in the future.

Microsoft recently announced that it will end the support of all older versions of Internet Explorer on January 12, 2016, and that it will provide only the support for the latest version, Internet Explorer 11.

If you’re still using Internet Explorer, Microsoft advises you to make sure it’s upgraded to the latest version, so you can still receive the full support after 12th January, 2016. Upgrade for Internet Explorer should be offered through Windows Update, so if you don’t run the latest version of the browser, just check for updates.

If you’re not familiar with the term, end of support means that Microsoft will no longer provide any security or technical updates for older versions of the software. Not providing security updates means that your browser will be vulnerable to all kinds of malicious software, like malware, spyware, and various dangerous viruses.

Also, many software vendors don’t support the older versions of Internet Explorer anymore, and that was just one of the reasons for Microsoft to stop supporting older versions of IE.

Technical support includes upgrades to newer versions, so if you don’t upgrade your IE to the latest version until the deadline, you won’t be able to upgrade it anymore at all, and you’ll be stuck with an unsafe, outdated web browser. Because of that, Microsoft warns you to upgrade your IE until January 16th, because once the support ends, there’s no coming back.

Internet Explorer has been Windows’ main browser for more than 20 years, and through various versions of Windows, but it never managed to impress, as the majority of users chose a third-party browser over Windows’ default solution.

Microsoft wanted to get more competitive on the browsers market by introducing Microsoft Edge along with Windows 10, while Internet Explorer was pushed aside. Although it serves as Windows 10’s secondary web browser, Internet Explorer still has some good features, like improved security, increased performance, backward compatibility, and support for the modern web standards.

What is your favorite web browser for Windows 10? Are you using some of Microsoft’s default programs, or you prefer third-party options more? Tell us in the comments.

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