Beginning today, January 12, 2016, Microsoft is essentially killing all versions of its flagship browser Internet Explorer, bar its latest version, IE 11. The browser isn’t the only product being cut off from Microsoft support and development. Windows 8 is also seeing a similar fate.
It has been a long time coming. While the world has predominantly adopted browsers such as Google’s Chrome, software giant Microsoft is finally cutting off ties from legacy versions of Internet Explorer that includes Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10.
The announcement was made last year in a blog post by Microsoft. It read:
Beginning January 12, 2016, only the [...]
Come January 2016, Microsoft will stop support on all previous versions of the storied and significant browser – the Internet Explorer. Only the latest and incidentally the last version of the browser – version 11 will be supported going forward.
Unless you’re on Windows 10, Internet Explorer is still the default browser bundled into the Windows operating system on every preceding version of the most widely used operating system in the world. With this in mind, a recent Microsoft announcement is a significant one.
Microsoft has publicly announced it will effectively shut down all support, updates and fixes for every version of Internet Explorer except the latest [...]
At least on Windows, and possibly on Mac. At the 2015 Pwn2Own Contest in Vancouver, which is part of the larger computer security conference called CanSecWest, independent security researchers were able to execute exploits on all four major browsers. The victims were Safari on OSX, Chrome on Windows, Firefox on Windows, and, less surprising, Internet Explorer on Windows.