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Posted On : 8th August, 2014 by ViitorCloud

Microsoft is serious about getting users to move to its latest software releases. Just as it did with Windows XP earlier this year, the Redmond-based company is planning to end support for outdated versions of Internet Explorer in a bid to get everyone on the same page.


After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. For example, anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 must use Internet Explorer 11 to keep getting updates.


Support for Internet Explorer version 9 will continue for those running Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 while IE10 will remain on life support for those using Windows Server 2012. Internet Explorer 8 will be dropped from Microsoft’s support list entirely.


Dropping support for IE8 may not sound like a big deal but it’ll affect a lot of people. According to Net Applications, version 8 of Internet Explorer is the mostly widely used browser in the world as it’s installed on more than 20 percent of computers with a desktop-style operating system.


StatCounter, meanwhile, reports that six percent of all web traffic originates from those using the five-year-old browser.


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