Microsoft Stopping Support For Older IE Browsers

Deadline January 2016 : Upgrade To IE 11 Now

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Microsoft has been warning customers for some time now that only the latest version of Internet Explorer will be supported on their Windows based operating systems.

That change will take place beginning on 12 January 2016, the first Patch Tuesday of the new year, and means users who are not running the most recent version of IE for their systems will be required to upgrade or lose security related patches and support.

In order to facilitate this process, Microsoft plans to deliver a cumulative security update in January 2016 that will begin reminding those users of the need to upgrade.

According to Microsoft there are multiple reasons to upgrade to IE11:

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.

Microsoft, also recently in a  post update for the System Requirements for Office 365, announced that the latest changes coming through to Office 365 will result in IE8 and IE9 delivering a diminished user experience from January 12 2016. This again meaning that users world-wide have less incentive for continuing to use older version of IE.

So how many people are impacted by this mandatory upgrade to IE11? According to the US Digital Analytics Program there are nearly 124 million people world wide running IE10 or older on their systems. So the big push is on to upgrade the world to newer web browsers!

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