Microsoft announced that it’s pulling the plug for Internet Explorer 8,9 and 10 from tomorrow (12 January 2016).
The company released a final patch to force users to upgrade to a more recent browser.
So what happens if you choose to continue to use Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10? You’ll still be able to access the web however there won’t be any security or technical support or upgrades which could make users vulnerable to threats.
The company explains that 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. Internet Explorer 11 offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the web standards that power today’s websites and services.
The final patch gives users of Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 some bug fixes, but has a notification prompting users to upgrade to Microsoft Edge. The new browser has been customised for Windows 10 and older versions have been slowly pushed out. This move by Microsoft is a tricky one as it’s believed that more that 300 million users are still running these older versions of Internet Explorer. If these users don’t upgrade they could become a huge security risk.