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Bye byIE!

7th January 2016 by Stephen Wagstaff

internet technology

Do you use Internet Explorer? Microsoft support stops on January 12, 2016.

From 12 January 2016 Microsoft will only support  the most current version of Internet Explorer - Internet Explorer 11, which is the last version of Internet Explorer to be released before Microsoft replace it with their new browser, Microsoft Edge.

What does this mean?
This means that only IE 11 will receive technical support and security updates.  Older versions of Internet Explorer will not receive any updates and will be vulnerable to any malware exploits which could target data and users. After 12 Janary 2016 there will be no more security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for any version of Internet Explorer other than IE 11.

What happens if I carry on using an older version of Internet Explorer?
Without security updates your computer may not have adequate protection against harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software that can steal of damage your data and information. Also you may find that some of your software does not run very well, for example, Office 365 runs best with the latest browser.

How long with IE 11 be supported?
At this present time, Microsoft say that it will support IE11 for the life of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. You can find out the support lifecycle dates for all operating systems on their website - click here for details 

How do I upgrade?

If you have automatic updates turned on, then you should have already upgraded to the latest version. To turn automatic updates on click the ‘check for updates’ button on the windows update portion of the control panel. Microsoft offer upgrade guidance which may be helpful is available by clicking here.

It is, of course, generally a good idea to keep up to date with IT upgrades such as these as a matter of course. It minimises risk of attack from viruses, malware and other security and data breaches.

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