Microsoft ends support for Internet Explorer

 Microsoft  ended support for old versions of Internet Explorer, including IE8, IE9, and IE10, as well as Windows 8.
Millions of internet users could be at risk from web bugs and viruses after Microsoft ended support for three versions of its Internet Explorer web browser.

In an announcement on its website, Microsoft said: “Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.“Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience.”
Internet Explorer 11 and the new Edge browser will continue to be supported by the US firm as these are both compatible with Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system.
Mark James, a security specialist at online security firm ESET, warned users of the need to upgrade as the cut-off date was reached.“No updates, no patches, no fixes, no new versions and no support options if things go wrong,” he said.
“This basically means it’s a hot potato and you need to drop it as fast as you can. With the majority of malware being delivered via your web browser these days, it’s imperative you keep it as up to date as possible.”
While support for Windows 8 has ended, Windows 8.1 will have Mainstream Support until January 9, 2018 and Extended Support until January 10, 2023. Mainstream Support includes free incident support, warranty claims, fixes for non-security as well as security bugs, plus design changes and feature requests. Extended Support consists solely of security updates.

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