Microsoft to end support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 next week

By Shawn Knight ยท 14 replies
Jan 6, 2016
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  1. Microsoft has announced that it'll end support for older versions of Internet Explorer beginning next week. Here's everything you need to know in the event you're running a legacy version of Microsoft's web browser.

    From January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will continue to receive security updates and technical support. Internet Explorer 11 is the latest version of Microsoft's browser for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 and thus, will be the only version to continue to receive support.

    In other words, if you're using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9 or Internet Explorer 10, it's time to move on to something a bit more modern.

    The only exception is Windows Vista users as Internet Explorer 9 is the most recent supported version of the browser. As PCWorld highlights, Vista will reach the end of its extended support phase in April 2017 at which time it'll join Windows XP on the unsupported list.

    The news shouldn't come as a surprise as Microsoft first noted the pending changes in August of 2014.

    Microsoft will issue an "end of life" upgrade notification as part of its January 12 cumulative security update that'll urge users to update their browser. Those that insist on sticking with their old version can modify a specific registry key to disable the upgrade notification. Instructions on how to do that can be found over on Microsoft's support site.

    Illustration courtesy Gwen Sung, CNN Money

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    "Here's everything you need to know in the event you're running a legacy version of Microsoft's web browser."

    Nobody ran them when they were new, why would they be now?
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  3. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,065   +427

    Here is what you need to know: STOP RUNNING THEM! Period. That's it. Use Chrome, FireFox, Safari, Opera, whatever. Just don't use IE.
    Laf904 and Skidmarksdeluxe like this.
  4. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    You'd be surprised! Our entire ERP system runs off IE 8 so this has been quite the task to get everything ready for IE 11. I have no idea why we've been using the old version for so long, but I'm surely glad I work with VOIP and not with the client team cause they've been having a hell of a time with all our extra addons working with IE 11
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,660   +1,948

    I better quickly tell this to my 70-year old mom, 'cos she just loves tweaking registry to prevent Microsoft updates...
    ajpat3, ikesmasher and Uncle Al like this.
  6. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 709   +379

    L M A O
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  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,318   +1,966

    They said my old Corvair was a classic .... but I junked it anyway because it wouldn't run .....
  8. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    My e-banking sotware uses some kind of plugin which became unsupported a while ago by every browser except IE so I will probably have to use it.
  9. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Safari? Safari? Are you serious? That is the one that is WORSE than IE and has been abandoned on Windows for at least 3 years now.
  10. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Addict Posts: 249   +63

    EOL for 8, 9, 10, for 11 on the 12th
  11. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    I am just going to say that your plugin is probably going to break eventually with Edge.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Including Edge. M$ browsers just aren't an option anymore, not that they were ever much of an option.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    You mean nobody with half a brain.
  14. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +250

    It's surely no surprise as Microsoft want to migrate users to Windows 10. If they can develop Edge a little more IE won't be missed. I always preferred Firefox. Anyone using IE for internet banking or financial transactions should take careful note of this announcement.
  15. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Will probably not cause us much trouble at work as we already use an outdated version of IE!

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