Microsoft to drop support for old versions of Internet Explorer

Microsoft has announced it will be dropping support for a number of versions of its web browser Internet Explorer, to encourage users to move to the latest versions.


Beginning January 12, 2016, only the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported:


  • Windows Vista SP2, Internet Explorer 9.
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2, Internet Explorer 9.
  • Windows 7 SP1, Internet Explorer 11.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Internet Explorer 11.
  • Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11.
  • Windows Server 2012, Internet Explorer 10.
  • Windows Server 2012 E2, Internet Explorer 11.


Following that date, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.


“Running a modern browser is more important than ever for the fastest, most secure experience on the latest websites and services, connecting anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Microsoft in a statement.


“Older browsers may not support modern web standards, so browser fragmentation is a problem for website developers.


“Web app developers too, can work more efficiently and create better products and road maps if their customers are using modern browsers. Upgrading benefits the developer ecosystem.”


This article originally appeared on Smart Company.

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