Microsoft has confirmed that it will be ceasing support for older versions of Internet Explorer next week. As of January 12, IE versions 8, 9, and 10 will no longer receive updates, and users will be encouraged to upgrade.
These versions will get one final patch, The Verge reports, but after that, there will be no further security updates or technical support, making them more vulnerable over time. Microsoft is pushing users to upgrade to IE 11, or switch to Microsoft Edge instead.
Microsoft announced it would be ending support for these versions of IE way back in August 2014, so this move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. The software giant also gave these releases “legacy” status last March.
Despite this, it’s thought millions of Windows users are still using IE 8, 9, and 10 on a regular basis. The longer they continue to do so, the more unsafe their browsing will become. Microsoft will be hoping that without technical support, users will finally make that upgrade.
Some might question why anyone would use IE at all, but if you’re using an old version, you must really dislike fast and stable web browsing for some reason. If you don’t at least upgrade to IE 11 or Edge, do yourself a favor and switch to a more recent third-party alternative now.