It appears that Microsoft is planning to kill most of its Internet Explorer versions except a few of the recently released ones. Rumour has it that Microsoft is fed up with the recurring bug issues with some of its Internet Explorer versions and wants to put an end to this. A few months ago, the tech giant had to fight a nasty bug in an older IE version that was even compatible with the unsupported Windows XP. Hence, the bug fix had to be released for XP users as well. Microsoft fears that if similar bug issues recur, it has to compromise its Windows support policy.
Support for IE 8 and IE 10 to be terminated from January 2016
Microsoft has decided to give one year to the users of older IE versions up to IE 10 before they could migrate to latest versions. As part of the decision, the support for all IE versions from IE 10 and below will be terminated, meaning you have to upgrade your browser from IE 8 or IE 10 to IE 11 or the recent versions. Obviously, if you have Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will not have a supported IE web browser after January 2016.
Microsoft to release latest IE versions for Windows 7
Latest IE versions such as IE 12 and IE 13 are compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. However, for millions of the Windows 7 users, there is no compatible IE 13 version as of now. Microsoft assures that Windows 7 users will get their latest IE version (IE 13) shortly.
Users requested to have the latest IE version to download Windows update
Microsoft said that users should have latest Internet Explorer versions in order to download updates in future. All IE versions since IE 11 will be compatible for downloading the updates. Furthermore, users are supposed to have the latest IE version (versions from IE 11) in order to receive any sort of technical support through Microsoft support desks such as Windows online support.
Microsoft’s decision to the kill older IE versions is certainly a good move. However, the move will affect enterprise IT admins as they have to ensure IE updates hereafter on a regular basis. Likewise, the decision by Windows online support to not support users who show up with outdated IE versions will discourage users who might be coming for upgrading their IE program to a latest version.
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