If You're Still Using Internet Explorer, You're Finally On Your Own

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:


    Everyone finally has a reason to get off Internet Explorer: Microsoft wants you to.
    What? Everything here is Microsoft telling people to use IE 11, not to abandon IE all together (although that's obviously the better idea as it's always been).

    Also.. ... IE9. Microsoft will still update that because it’s the most current version available
    So... They are still updating versions pre-11?

    Good ole Microsoft ..... Edge ..... (with inbuilt/hidden Internet explorer) .....

      Except not, because it's a completely separate codebase, which was the whole point of doing Edge in the first place.

    Brb, going back to IE6.

      Ugh, IE6. As a developer who did lots of web work in the late 00's, just reading that name is giving me chills.

    "If You're Still Using Internet Explorer, You're Finally On Your Own"

    False, nice clickbait.

      Lol pretty dull click bait right there man haha

        I'd already read about 8/9/10 being canned, so when I saw the link I was like... oh wow, there's more to it. Nope, just a complete misrepresentation of the situation, very discrediting.

    If you’re one of the few, bizarre people still running Vista SP2

    Then what the hell is wrong with you? Support ended in 2012.

      I was buying new work shoes in Mathers today on the Gold Coast. They just got upgraded to XP. Like literally in past couple weeks.

    I'm sure it's cool to make fun of IE but saying that Microsoft wants you to stop using IE in an article about how Microsoft is saying people should just upgrade to the latest supported IE version isn't exactly a great way to do it.

    The other interesting thing to come out of all this is that Windows 8 is no longer supported, only 8.1 and above.

    Completely misleading and sensationalistic headline. Kotaku keeps gettting worse all the time.

    Microsoft wants you to stop using internet explorer*

    *because the E stands for "Edge" now

    Next year: Microsoft dumps windows!!!*

    *because they've rebranded to Spartan OS or something

    There's only one thing Internet Explorer is good for, and that is downloading Chrome or Firefox.

    I'm so confused... so is it still being supported or not?

    I use it... simply because I'm lazy, its does what I need it to so have not had a reason to update to chrome or firefox as yet.

    Ugh, this is misleading as hell. Anyone in the corporate IT world using something like SharePoint will know that you have to use IE11 for the full feature set.

    The ACT Library System is still using a standard of IE9 with a smattering of PC's with IE11. It's annoying because many sites have are will be discontinuing pre IE11 support, but alarming because people still use library PCs for eBay, Paypal, online banking, etc.

    9 reasons IE is dead, number 7 will AMAZE you.

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