Microsoft Ends Support for Older Internet Explorer Browsers

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Are you running on Internet Explorer? If so, now might be a good time to upgrade to the latest browser. If you’re running on IE 8, 9, or 10, Microsoft wants you to know that they will no longer be supporting the previous versions of the web browser on most Windows computers. In an attempt to phase out of IE and over to their new default browser, Edge, Microsoft will be issuing security updates and bug fixes to IE 11 only.

If you decide to continue using an out-of-date browser, consider yourselves warned. You could be putting yourself at risk for malware and cyber attacks, since Microsoft will no longer push security updates and bug fixes. However, if you are running on Windows Vista, Microsoft will continue to support IE 9.

In this day in age, most of what we do is inter-connected. We can run entire businesses from a single web page, or collaborate with others on cloud-based file storage and sharing sites. By using an out-of-date web browser with known vulnerabilities, you are susceptible to cyber attacks that could be prevented with a single update – and that is what Microsoft is trying to avoid.  So to prevent any mishaps, let the automatic updates do what they’re meant to do.

With that in mind, there is still a continued and very urgent need to have proper security software in place. By ensuring that you have the proper security, new threats can be responded to in a matter of minutes as opposed to handling the fallout of attacks. If you’re lacking proper security software and need to get something in place, Inverselogic can help with that. Visit the ‘Contact Us’ form on our website and we will get in touch with you.

Microsoft first made the announcement to end support for older IE web browsers back in 2014. With the launch of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft gave users the newest default browser, Edge, which is said to be quite the improvement over Internet Explorer. Interestingly enough, the logo for Edge looks almost exactly like IE’s famous ‘e’ logo.

Microsoft encourages you to upgrade by letting you know the benefits of a newer web browser. “Microsoft recommends customers upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer available in order to experience increased performance, improved security, better backward compatibility, and support for the modern web technologies that power today’s websites and services.” (More Lifecycle Support information here)

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