Microsoft all set to pull the plug on IE 8, 9 and 10 next Tuesday
Microsoft is set to retire Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 for most versions of the Windows operating system next Tuesday, according to a support page from Microsoft. What this means is that Microsoft will cease security updates for the aged browsers, putting people still using them at significant security risks.
Microsoft warned of the change last year. The only exceptions to the planned retirements will be for Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012. The first two will see Internet Explorer 9 still supported, while Internet Explorer 10 will continue to be supported on Windows Server 2012.
Organizations that are on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 have nothing to worry about, given that they come with Internet Explorer 11 installed. Of course, Microsoft is probably fretting over Windows 10 and the dismal adoption rate of its new Edge browser on that front.
The completely rebuilt Edge browser was slated to replace Internet Explorer, though it is floundering badly. Indeed, a report this week on Computerworld pointed to a continual dip in user share over the last three months, according to data from three analytics firms. Still, Microsoft is finally supposed to begin supporting extensions soon and that should help boost the popularity of Edge.
For now, organizations that are still running soon-to-be-retired versions of Internet Explorer on unsupported platforms are well advised to upgrade as soon as possible. While any existing patches or updates will still be released as part of Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday release next Tuesday, continuing to use them beyond Tuesday will put them in a position of increasing risk.
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