Microsoft is killing support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, finally. There’ll be no more patches after January 12: It’s a mercy killing.
There are a few Windows versions where you need to keep running old versions of IE, so Redmond is making an exception. But Microsoft really really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 and Edge, anyway.
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Nudge-nudge, wink-wink. It’s Kelly Fiveash—Microsoft readies kill switch for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10:
Microsoft has reminded Internet Explorer users that it will...end support for...IE 8, 9, and 10 on January 12.
The nudge brigade from the Redmond camp is in full, sharp elbow mode to encourage users to swiftly upgrade to IE 11 or Edge
If consumers don't have automatic updates switched on...then their browsers will be that little bit more vulnerable until they do hit the upgrade button.
Time for a SHOUTY PUN. Shaun Nichols obliges, with ANN-IE-LATION:
The new rules, unveiled last year, mean that many older versions of IE will no longer be supported.
Which version of IE will be dropped depends on the version of Windows. ... Microsoft said it will only be supporting the most recent compatible version.
Given the constant flow of new security flaws...running an unpatched copy of the browser is only slightly less dangerous than playing tag in a minefield.
Because newer builds of IE have dropped support for the older versions of Windows, Redmond...will maintain support for IE 9 on Windows Vista SP2 [and] Server 2008 SP2. ... Server 2012 will keep support for IE 10...but machines running Windows Server 2012 R2 should have their browsers updated to IE 11.
Let’s hear from the horse’s mouth. Here’s Microsoft’s Steve Th—Less Than 1 Week Until the End of Support for Legacy versions of Internet Explorer:
Here we are! ... Over 16 months ago, Microsoft announced that support for legacy versions...would be ending on January 12.
Technologies including Enterprise Mode, Compatibility View, and persistent emulation modes [can] assist customers...to remove deployment blockers to IE11 and ultimately, Windows 10.
If you are still running on older versions, you will soon notice that there is a warning message that will start appearing. ... The notification tab will not appear on every launch. ... It will be 72 hours before it is shown again.
But beware of unintended consequenses. Kate Cox sounds worried—Microsoft Ends An Era:
Microsoft [is] bringing one of the web’s clunkiest tools one step closer to vanishing.
But...end of support does not actually mean the end of use. ... Maybe as many as 340 million [users] still have IE 8, 9, or 10. ... And an end to patches means that software will quickly become ever-more vulnerable...in much the same way computers running Windows XP have been left out in the cold since 2014.
So everyone should just switch to Edge, right? Paul Mah is all, like, Meh—Microsoft all set to pull the plug:
Microsoft is probably fretting over Windows 10 and the dismal adoption rate of its new Edge browser.
Edge...was slated to replace Internet Explorer, though it is floundering badly. Indeed, a report this week on Computerworld pointed to a continual dip in user share.
Still, Microsoft is finally supposed to begin supporting extensions soon and that should help boost the popularity.
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