Microsoft officially ends support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10

Microsoft has officially ended its support services for old versions of Internet Explorer, including IE8, IE9, and IE10. So what does this mean for users who are still using these older versions?

End of support does not mean the software will stop working. But what it does mean is that Microsoft will stop releasing security updates and patches to fix bugs and glitches.

Though Windows 8 support has also been ceased, users can simply upgrade to Windows 8.1. Microsoft’s support life-cycle policy treats Windows 8.1 like a service pack, even though it is branded an operating system upgrade that delivers additional features, not just improvements.

Microsoft has provided users with three reasons to avoid using old IE versions:

  • Security: Without critical browser security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information.
  • Compliance: Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA should conduct due diligence to assess whether they are still able to satisfy compliance requirements using unsupported software.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor Support: Many software vendors no longer support older versions of Internet Explorer. For example, Microsoft Office 365 takes advantage of modern web standards and runs best when paired with the latest browser.

For our website clients, this also means that our web-platforms will no longer be tested on these older Internet Explorer versions. Please make sure you’re upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer, or begin to use other web browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.



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