If you’re still using any version of Internet Explorer other than IE11, it’s time to upgrade. Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on January 12th, which means that all three previous versions of the browser will stop receiving bug fixes and security updates, leaving them vulnerable to attacks.
Microsoft announced the end of support date well over a year ago, but based on usage statistics, millions of users are still exploring the Internet on the outdated browser. In an attempt to get users to move on to IE11 or the Windows 10 browser, Edge, Microsoft is releasing one final cumulative security update on January 12th that will include an upgrade notification.
A notification won’t be enough to convert everyone, but hopefully the majority of users who have yet to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 (or move on to Chrome or Firefox) will take the warning seriously.
The good news is that, regardless of how long it takes the stragglers to finally ditch IE8, 9 and 10, IE11 will be the last version of Internet Explorer to ever be released on a Windows computer. Developers, users and children of tech-illiterate parents will never have to fiddle with the most maligned browser in history ever again once IE11 loses support in the coming years.