In a recent announcement, Microsoft has announced that beginning on January 12, 2016, it will stop supporting older versions of Internet Explorer and only update the most current version—Internet Explorer 11.
According to Microsoft, “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.”
Microsoft has begun encouraging users of older versions to upgrade as soon as possible. The current browser version has a faster, more secure experience for online users. At I-ology, we definitely encourage anyone using older versions to upgrade as soon as possible, because the current state of older versions does not provide the same web experience as the newest version or other browsers such as Google Chrome.
How do you upgrade?
Microsoft is offering multiple ways to upgrade, from large organizations with 500+ employees, small to medium-sized businesses to the regular home PC user. Follow this link to learn more about upgrading to the newest version.
What are the risks?
Although you will still be able to browse with older versions after January 12, your browser security will become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can potentially damage your business or allow for data theft.
With the lack of support and updates, not upgrading can leave many users in a harmful situation. That’s why we highly recommend upgrading or choosing a new browser altogether.
Ultimately, Microsoft is encouraging users to upgrade to its newest browser for Microsoft 10 called Edge. Edge can also launch Internet Explorer 11 for sites that need better compatibility.
So this New Year’s make a resolution and upgrade your old version of Internet Explorer—if you need to, that is.
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