Using Internet Explorer has always been a great way to highlight your lack of care for all things technical to your friends and colleagues. It can also be a great indication of how antiquated your office computers are. But if you fit into either of those categories, I have some good — or maybe bad — news.
Everyone finally has a reason to get off Internet Explorer: Microsoft wants you to.
As of today, the mega-corporation will no longer issue security updates or provide technical support for versions of Internet Explorer before version 11. “Internet Explorer 11 offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the web standards that power today’s websites and services,” Microsoft’s site says.
Or to put it another way: old versions of Internet Explorer are trash, and you really need to switch to something else. Like Chrome.
“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.”
If you’re one of the few, bizarre people still running Vista SP2, the latest version of Microsoft’s maligned browser available is IE9. Microsoft will still update that because it’s the most current version available. For all other operating systems and platforms, Microsoft has this handy table: