It has been a long time coming but Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on several older versions of its browser, Internet Explorer. IE versions 8, 9 and 10 all reach end of life next Tuesday, which means there will be no more fixes, patches or security improvements.
There is a patch scheduled to go out on the 12th of January that will let users of Internet Explorer know if they need to update to the latest version of switch to another browser. This also doubles as good news for developers, as they will also no longer need to support these older versions of Internet Explorer.
Obviously, since older versions of Internet Explorer are now hitting the ‘end of life’ period, they can also act as a security risk, so if you know anyone who happens to use an older version of Internet Explorer, you should encourage them to switch to a more secure, modern browser.
This also means that Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of the browser left and even that may eventually be completely replaced by Microsoft Edge eventually as more users adopt Windows 10.
KitGuru Says: Most people have moved away from Internet Explorer at this point, though there are still some people using the browser. It will be interesting to see how long Microsoft supports IE 11 for before completely switching to Edge.