Internet Explorer 8,9 and 10 set to lose Microsoft's support next week

Microsoft is set to pull the plug on Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on January 12, finally putting an end to their rather lack-lustre performance over the years.

If you are currently using any of these versions of Internet Explorer and choose not to use any other browser for as long as you live, you should upgrade your version to Internet Explorer 11 before January 12, for it is when Microsoft will stop offering security updates for these versions.

"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," said Microsoft in its page on end of IE support.

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"Customers have until January 12, 2016, to upgrade their browser, after which time the previous versions of Internet Explorer will reach end of support. End of support means there will be no more security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates," the software giant added.

If you're running a version of Windows which is older than Windows 7, then you will have no option but to run your older version of Internet Explorer. This is because Internet Explorer 11 is compatible and can be downloaded only on devices that run Windows 7 to 10. We'd suggest that you should, in this case, either upgrade to a newer version of Windows or better still, start using a new browser. This is because in the absence of any security patches, IE 8, 9 and 10 will soon develop vulnerabilities which will in turn them into malware.

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