Past versions of Internet Explorer – aka IE – a mainstay of Internet searches for more than two decades, are now officially out to pasture.
Microsoft Corporation announced that, as of January 12, only the most current version of IE available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates. According to the company’s official statement on the matter, IE 11 is the last version of IE, and it will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
What this means is that older versions of IE will no longer receive security updates or technical support. Therefore, you should cease to use an older IE version immediately, and instead install the most up-to-date browser of your choice.
Microsoft didn’t mince words when it underscored the significance of regular updates: “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.”
IE usage has dropped sharply in recent years as Chrome, Firefox, Safari and other browsers have gained mainstream popularity. Still about 1% of all Internet users continue to use outdated versions of IE.
If you happen to be among this 1%, you’re putting yourself at risk if you don’t upgrade as soon as possible.