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Internet_Explorer-end-of-supportSupport for older versions of Internet Explorer ended on January 12th, 2016

Microsoft ended the support for versions 8, 9 and 10 of its home-built browser Internet Explorer, thereby encouraging Windows users to switch on to Internet Explorer version 11 or its newest Edge browser.

What does this mean?

It means you should take action. After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading and staying current is important.

Microsoft is going to release one last patch update for IE8, IE9 and IE10 today, but this time along with an “End of Life” notice, meaning Microsoft will no longer support the older versions.

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.

How do I upgrade Internet Explorer?

Enterprise Customers:

Microsoft offers large organizations (500+ employees) in-depth technical resources, tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer products and technologies. Learn more about migration and deployment programs by contacting your Microsoft sales representative, Microsoft Services or your Certified Microsoft Partner. Learn how to pilot and deploy the latest version of Internet Explorer yourself by visiting TechNet.

Internet Explorer-Auto-UpdatesSmall to Medium Business:

There are many options for small and medium businesses considering a browser upgrade. Small to mid-size organizations (<500 employees) without web applications can update automatically using Automatic Updates. Those with dependencies on existing web applications can locate a Microsoft Certified Partner  to understand the best options to meet their business needs. (Contact Data-Tech) – If you have “Automatic Updates” turned ON, you most likely upgraded to IE11 already. However, users with older IE browsers can turn “Automatic Updates” ON by clicking on “Check for Updates” in the “Windows Update” section of the Control Panel.

Home PC Users:

As a home user, you most likely have Automatic Updates turned on, and have already upgraded to Internet Explorer 11 without having to do anything. If you haven’t turned on Automatic Updates yet, do so now by clicking the Check for Updates button on the Windows Update portion of the Control Panel to get started.

Potential risks of using older versions of Internet Explorer

Running older versions of Internet Explorer after January 12, 2016 may expose you to potential risks, such as:

Security:

Without critical browser security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information.

Compliance:

Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA should conduct due diligence to assess whether they are still able to satisfy compliance requirements using unsupported software.

Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support:

Many software vendors no longer support older versions of Internet Explorer. For example, Office 365 takes advantage of modern web standards and runs best with the latest browser.

Learn more – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/End-of-IE-support


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