“After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading and staying current is important,” Microsoft says.
Basically, all Internet Explorer 11 is currently the default browser on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and is said to provide “improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility and support for modern web standards.”
On Windows 10, Microsoft advises users to make the switch to Edge, the company’s new browser that’s believed to provide even better security and support for new web standards than I.E.
Edge will soon get even more features and leave I.E. behind, such as support for extensions that were designed for Google Chrome.
Microsoft hasn’t yet said anything about potentially discontinuing I.E. once and for all, given the fact that Edge is available, but this could take place sometime in the future if the new browser gains ground.
Now that Microsoft has replaced Internet Explorer with Edge in Windows 10, the company’s exclusively focusing on its new browser, so moving users to this version has become a priority.
Unfortunately for the software giant, it can’t get rid of I.E. overnight, but what it can do is kill off some of the old versions and slowly switch users to newer builds. That’s exactly what the company will be doing on January 12, 2016, when it’s killing support for several old versions of Internet Explorer.
As a result, on Windows Vista SP2, Internet Explorer must be updated to version 9, while on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, Internet Explorer 11 is the currently-supported build.
Edge for the win
Microsoft is offering both Edge and Internet Explorer in Windows 10, but it’s no secret that the company’s all about the first nowadays, especially because it’s available not only on PCs but also on tablets and smartphones.
Edge is the default browser in Windows 10 while Internet Explorer is buried deep in the operating system, so you have to search for it manually or look for the app in the Start menu.
Pundits previously said that at some point in the future, Internet Explorer would be removed completely from Windows, but the company can’t do this right now given the huge number of companies that are still using this browser for their internal apps or services.
It takes time to kill a browser, that’s for sure, but with the January deadline, Microsoft is definitely moving one step closer towards this goal. Time will tell, however, how long Internet Explorer can survive this massive push to move everyone to Edge.