Microsoft Ends Support for Explorer 8, 9, & 10

Microsoft Ends Support for Explorer 8, 9, & 10

On January 12, Microsoft announced that it will be ending support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10. This move was rather unexpected, and will have massive repercussions throughout the IT world. Many businesses and private users still rely on those versions of Explorer for browsing or conducting business. Microsoft made the change shortly after its massive distribution of Windows 10, and with it Internet Explorer 11. 

The end of support will make work for IT support staff particularly difficult, as those most in need of support are those who are reluctant to upgrade. A common solution to this dilemma is for those staff to run the older versions of Explorer on virtual machines so they can examine the functions of the previous browsers. This change is, however, being widely welcomed by developers, who view older versions of IE sluggish and difficult to work with.

In the midst of the widely varied reactions to Microsoft's discontinuation of their support for older versions of Internet Explorer, there are a number of exceptions in place. Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, and Windows Server 2008 IA64 Itanium, all of which run on IE9, will continue to receive support, as will Windows Server 2012, which runs on IE10. IE8, however, will no longer be supported at all.end of ie


What is end of support?

(copied from Microsoft's announcement)

"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. 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. Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience."

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