Microsoft to only support I.E 11 and Edge going forward
In case you missed this announcement over the December holidays, Microsoft is now finally dropping support for older versions of its Internet Explorer browser. Internet Explorer Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 will be affected by this development. This is a huge step for Microsoft latest Edge browser, as users either have to upgrade I.E 11 or move to Windows 10-based Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft really wants its userrs to either move to Internet Explorer 11, or Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge in an effort to stay secure on the web. This means that after January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer supply security updates for affected versions. With Windows 10 now used by over 200 million users worldwide, further adoption of the new operating system is expected throughout 2016.
The expansion in use of Windows 10 worldwide has also been made with widespread reports of hardware issues and buggy user experience. Recent browser stats show that customers may be using the exit of IE 8, 9, and 10 from supportability as a way to migrate to Chrome and Firefox. Not really what Microsoft intended. In December, Internet Explorer dipped below the 50% usage mark, while Chrome is creeping closer to taking the number 1 spot. Edge has only been able to garner a paltry 2.3% share.
How Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 will perform going forward remains to be seen, however Microsoft is placing its bets on these 2 browsers to increase market for Microsoft in a very competitive space.