On January 12th, 2016, Microsoft will end support for every version of Internet Explorer but the latest once and for all. Although you might not still use Internet Explorer on your personal computer, tens of millions of connected individuals still do, which is why this is vital information for a significant portion of the population.
This isn’t exactly news, but Microsoft has begun alerting users to this fact now that the lifecycle is coming to an end in just over a month. According to the support page, “only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates.”
Not only is Microsoft forcing users to update to Internet Explorer 11 (which is the final installment of the company’s last-gen browser), it’s also effectively moving users toward Microsoft Edge. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering how hard Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 over the past few months, but it gives Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users one more reason to worry about security vulnerabilities, which might force them to upgrade.
The good news is that virtually any Windows users with Automatic Updates turned on has already upgraded to IE11 by default, but as ZDNet notes, the latest data from the US Digital Analytics program suggests that a majority of IE users are still running IE9. In other words, if you haven’t upgraded your browser yet, do it ASAP.