After Windows XP and Windows 7, now Microsoft plans to stop providing support to aging Internet Explorer (IE) versions as well. Recently, Microsoft has announced that it will stop providing support to Windows 7 after 2015. Now it is the turn of older IE versions that will get added to the list of the software for which Microsoft will no longer provide support.
Therefore if you are using an older version of Internet Explorer then it is the high time when you need to upgrade your browser to continue getting all necessary support and updates from Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington-based technology giant on August 07, 2014 announced that it would very soon begin phasing out the support for older IE versions.
According to Microsoft, only the recent versions of IE for supported operating systems (OS) will continue receiving security updates and technical support beyond January 12, 2016. For example, those who are using Windows Vista will receive security updates only if they are using Internet Explorer 9. Users of Windows 7 and higher Windows versions need to have Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving updates. Moreover, Windows Server 2012 will support only IE 10.
This recent move is likely to impact a large group of Microsoft customers who continue using IE as their primary web browser. According to Net Applications, IE 8 is the largest used IE browser with 21 percent of global web browser market share.
The below chart provides the present market share of various IE browsers apart from Google Chrome and Firefox.
As per the new move, IE 9 and 10 with a combined market share of more than 15 percent will be supported if they are used on three older platforms on which it is not possible to use later versions.
- For getting Microsoft support Windows Vista users (SP2 or later) and Windows Server 2008 users (SP2 or later) will have to use IE 9. The end of support deadline for Windows Vista is 2017.
- Moreover, IE 10 is the only browser version that is supported by Windows Server 2012.
On the basis of the latest changes in the support policy by Microsoft, all PCs and devices running Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 R2 need to upgrade their browser to Internet Explorer 11. This concludes that around 98 percent of all Windows PCs in use worldwide excluding surviving Windows XP computers, need to install IE 11 to continue receiving necessary support security updates.