Time for Retirement, Microsoft Tells Older Internet Explorers

January 11, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The lifeline of older versions of the Internet Explorer will soon get narrowed down to a straight line. Microsoft is finally calling it a day for its long running browser that has been drowning deep down in terms of popularity in the recent years.

It’s the versions 8, 9 and 10 of Internet Explorer that have now seen its deadline alert.

Microsoft explains that these older versions will stop receiving any further upgrades or support starting this January 12th.


Users will still be able to perform their browsing actions on them. However, lack of any security updates or patches would mean that the browsers will be heavily exposed to vulnerable threats from hackers.

Users who prefer to browse through Internet Explorer in a safe manner are advised to make the jump to Internet Explorer 11 to the least.

A final patch will be rolled out for the expiring browser users before Tuesday, and it will include an End of Life notification urging the users to make the switch to the newer versions, of which the most preferable would be the new Microsoft Edge browser.

There are also a few exceptions made for Vista users, who will still be given the Internet Explorer 9 support for the fact the version remains the latest supported browser of Internet Explorer on the Vista platform.

The phase out doesn’t come as a surprise. Microsoft had announced the withdrawal of supports for older versions back in 2014. However, it appears that there is still a worthy count of users who prefer the older versions of the browser.

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