Microsoft to end support of many older Internet Explorer versions January 12, 2016

Microsoft will stop supporting many older versions of Internet Explorer on Windows Vista, 7, and 8.1 on January 12, 2016, in an attempt to get users to move to the most recent versions of their web browser.

For the very few users who are still running a PC with Windows Vista SP2 installed, Microsoft will only support IE 9 after January 12, 2016. The same goes for PCs that are still using Windows Server 2008 SP2. For Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Microsoft will only support IE 11 after that date, ditching support for IE 8, 9 and 10. The same goes for PCs that are using Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. PCs that are using the older Windows Server 2012 will still get support for IE 10.

Microsoft offers a number of reasons why Windows users should move on to the most recent version of IE for web browsing, including better security, more advanced website features and overall better performance than older versions. For business customers that may still be using legacy web apps, Microsoft says that the Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 should give them backward compatibility until they can make the transition to more modern web applications.

Microsoft stated:

"By offering better backward compatibility and resources to help customers upgrade, Microsoft is making it easier than ever before for commercial customers to stay current on the latest version of Internet Explorer. In addition to modern Web standards, improved performance, increased security, and greater reliability, migrating to Internet Explorer 11 also helps unlock upgrades to Windows 8.1 Update, services like Office 365, and the latest Windows devices."

What do you think of Microsoft making this decision to stop supporting older versions of IE, even if they still run on Windows Vista, 7 and 8.1?

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham