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The end of IE8...

19th May 2015 by Anne Beadon

Business Digital Development

If you use Internet Explorer, do you know that Microsoft is ending its support for Internet Explorer 8, next year? It is very important to remember that ‘support’ doesn’t just mean technical support for bug fixes, it means security updates too!

This means that after 12th January 2016, Microsoft will only be supporting the most recent version of IE for each supported operating system – so you will have to be using the latest IE version in order to ensure that you are receiving any bug fixes and security updates. The browsers will obviously continue to work on the systems they have been installed on, but will no longer receive any updates, which is something you may not notice if you are using an older version of IE and something which may leave your system open for compromise.

This will effect a lot of businesses, especially the big companies who have not upgraded to Windows 7 or 8. One of the latest posts from Microsoft states that it will only support IE9 on Windows Vista, IE10 on Windows Server 2012 and IE11 on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

So, what can you do?
If you want to continue to use Internet Explorer, make sure that you have upgraded to the latest version of IE/updated your operating system to ensure that your browser is supported by Microsoft. Alternatively, use a different browser, such as:
https://www.getfirefox.com
http://www.google.com/chrome/
http://www.opera.com

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