Microsoft ends support for older versions of Internet Explorer

Windows PC users: If you haven’t already, it’s time to upgrade Internet Explorer.

Microsoft on Tuesday generally ended support for all versions of its Web browser software except the latest iteration, Internet Explorer 11. As a result, the company will no longer be providing security or bug fixes or technical support for older versions of I.E., most notably versions 8, 9 and 10.

“Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience,” the company said on a Web page announcing the move.

The decision to end support for older versions of Microsoft’s browser is a long time coming. Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft’s PC operating system, which the company released last year, replaced Internet Explorer with a new browser called Microsoft Edge. The company released Internet Explorer 11 in 2103. I.E. 8, the oldest of the versions that Microsoft supported until Tuesday, dates to 2009.

Despite the age of the browsers, Microsoft’s move will affect millions of PC users around the globe. Nearly 20 percent of all desktop PC users around the globe surfed the Web with I.E. 8, 9 or 10 in December, according to Net Applications’ NetMarketShare service. That’s a greater portion of desktop computer users than surf the Web with the latest version of Google’s Chrome or the combined portion that access the Web with Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or an Opera browser.

Microsoft also ended general support for Windows 8. In order to continue to get technical support and bug and security fixes, PC users will have to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

File photo: The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest. (Reuters/Bogdan Cristel)


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  • theallseeingmaster .

    Big deal. I quit using IE years ago and the attacks on my computer have almost gone to nil.