Monday, October 6, 2014

Internet Explorer 8 Support To End In 17 Months

According to recent announcements, Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, giving users time duration of 17 months to migrate to other web browsers. Internet Explorer 8 is one of the most popular version of web browsers released by Microsoft so far. Our Windows tech support team has been receiving tons of calls from irate customers who wished to confirm about the same.

The post released by Microsoft in its official blog includes a list of operating systems and browser version combinations that will continue to receive service support. The list does not mention Internet Explorer 8 anywhere. Roger Capriotti, director of Internet Explorer, mentions in the blog post that, "After Jan. 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support."

This news will hit several users, especially business users who have not upgraded their systems to Windows 7 or Windows 8 and are continuing to use old and even outdated systems. In order to run the newer version of Internet Explorer, users will have to upgrade their OS and PC systems as well. According to the post, Microsoft will only support IE9 on Windows Vista, IE10 on Windows Server 2012 and IE11 on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Losing updates and technical support from Microsoft will not translate to unavailability of the operating system itself. Users can continue to work on the systems they have been already installed in. However, this affair might be risky, as Capriotti mentioned in his blog post, "Running a modern browser is more important than ever for the fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services.”

However, several users are aghast when they came to hear about this latest development since previous support policy states that Microsoft will continue to support a version of IE as long as an operating system was able to run it. This meant, Internet Explorer should have continued to receive updates until 2020, when Windows 7 is supposed to retire.

As mentioned before, IE8 is the most popular web browser, since it is used by 37 percent of Internet Explorer users, which is a lot higher than the latest Internet Explorer 11, which runs in merely 29 percent of PC systems. In order to know more details about the same, you may contact our Windows tech support team.

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