Microsoft announces it will stop supporting older versions of Internet Explorer (IE), meaning the patch released on January 12 for IE8, 9 and 10 will be the last one.
Beginning January 12, only the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 11, will continue receiving support from the company. Those who have not yet upgraded their bowser to this version will no longer receive any security updates, compatibility fixes, or technical support.
Users still using the old versions of the browsers may be vulnerable to security threats and hacks in the future. Users are suggested to take action immediately — upgrade and stay up-to-date, as security patches help fixing vulnerabilities exploited by attackers, and keep users’ data safe.
In August 2014, Microsoft announced that it would end the support for IE 8, 9 and 10. This approach to stop providing technical support is regarded as this software giant’s big plan — switch users to its all-new browser, Edge. Edge is now only available for Windows 10 PCs. Independently designed from IE, Edge goes beyond browsing with some useful features such Web Note, a tool that allows users to write or type directly on the webpage they are viewing, and integration with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital voice assistant.