Microsoft has announced the company is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, beginning January 12th. The software giant has released a patch, an End of Life notice, which is notifying users upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge browser. The end of support means that users who are on the older versions will not get any additional security patches or new features, and will be prompted to upgrade.
The latest update brings a few bug fixes on board as well as the guidelines reminding users to switch to the latest version of the browser.
Microsoft said in an official support page:
Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates. Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
If you're still using the old version of the browser, it's highly recommended that you should upgrade to the latest Internet Explorer as the vulnerabilities can be exploited by malware and other infections. Microsoft has, however, published instructions on how to disable the End of Life notice, which requires changing some registry settings.Further reading: Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft, Microsoft Edge, Windows 10