You may have seen articles recently on other websites and blogs claiming that as from today, 12th January 2016, Microsoft will end support for all versions of Internet Explorer, except for IE 11.
This isn’t strictly true!
What in fact Microsoft have announced is that “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“.
What this essentially means is that if you’re a Windows 7 user with Internet Explorer 9 or 10 installed, only Internet Explorer 11 will continue to be supported going forward.
However, if you’re a Windows Vista user, where the highest version of Internet Explorer that can physically be installed on that operating system is IE 9, then if you’re currently running IE 7 or 8, only IE 9 will be supported on your operating system going forward, so you should update to IE 9.
The following table from Microsoft outlines which versions of Internet Explorer they will continue to support as from today:
|Windows Desktop Operating Systems||Supported Internet Explorer Version|
|Windows Vista SP2||Internet Explorer 9|
|Windows 7 SP1||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows 8.1 Update||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server Operating Systems||Supported Internet Explorer Version|
|Windows Server 2008 SP2||Internet Explorer 9|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1||Internet Explorer 11|
|Windows Server 2012||Internet Explorer 10|
|Windows Server 2012 R2||Internet Explorer 11|
Whilst we have no immediate plans to drop support for IE9, it’s likely that our support for this aging browser will within the next couple of years. Therefore, if your using an older Windows operating system, like using Internet Explorer, and can’t update to a more recent version of Windows, then we’d encourage you to at least ensure that your browser is the most up-to-date it can be for your particular operating system.
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