Microsoft Sets New IE Support Cutoff Policies
Still clinging to Internet Explorer 8? In early 2016, Microsoft will quit supporting any version of its browser older than IE 9.Microsoft is warning businesses that Internet Explorer 8's time is running out. Organizations with Web applications that have standardized on older versions of Internet Explorer (IE) have until Jan. 12, 2016, to upgrade before the company withdraws support, Roger Capriotti, director of Internet Explorer, wrote in a blog post. After that date, "only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates," he said. Essentially, users of IE 8 and older versions may be putting their organizations at risk, said Capriotti. "Outdated browsers represent a major challenge in keeping the Web ecosystem safer and more secure, as modern Web browsers have better security protection," he said. Although IE has gained a reputation as a magnet for malicious coders over the years, Microsoft has made progress in hardening its Web browser. "According to NSS Labs, protection against malicious software increased from 69 percent on Internet Explorer 8 in 2009 to over 99 percent on Internet Explorer 11," he stated. "It should come as no surprise that the most recent, fully patched version of Internet Explorer is more secure than older versions."
Come January 2016, Microsoft will only support IE 9 and above, depending on the OS. IE 9 will be supported on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2. Windows Server 2012 customers must have IE 10 to continue to receive support. No browser older than IE 11 will be supported for users of Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.