Microsoft reduces support of older browsers

12 February 2016

Microsoft move means browser update advised for numerous organisations

With effect from 12th January 2016 only the latest version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system is receiving Microsoft support.

This means some users, such as those on Windows 7 and 8.1, need to upgrade to IE 11 to benefit from security updates and technical support. Microsoft explained, “End of support means there will be no more security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates”.

Users on unsupported browsers, although still able to use them, not only miss out on the latest browser features but are also exposed to security risks including malware and cyber attacks.

For business users concerned about legacy web applications on older versions of IE, Microsoft offers Enterprise Mode as a feature of IE 11, which provides better backward compatibility.

Certain exceptions apply: IE 9 continues to be supported on Windows Vista (SP2) and Windows Server 2008 (SP2), while IE 10 continues to be supported on Windows Server 2012.

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