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Microsoft announces end of support for older Internet Explorer versions

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Microsoft has announced that it will be effectively ending support for older Internet Explorer versions next Tuesday.

Ever since Microsoft announced its brand new Windows 10 web browser, Microsoft Edge, creaky old Internet Explorer has been on borrowed time.

Now, Microsoft has announced a major step towards its complete termination. It will no longer provide support for Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10 from January 12.

Over on the Microsoft website, the company has posted the following: "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."

This means that Internet Explorer 11 will be the last version of Microsoft's long-running web browser. IE 11 will "continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10."

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Anyone running an older version of Internet Explorer is advised to take action and upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 (or Microsoft Edge). This is important mainly because Microsoft won't be providing security updates for those older versions any more, which means that they'll be increasingly vulnerable to malware attacks.

To that end, Microsoft will be supplying one final patch to older Internet Explorer versions, which will not only fix some final bugs, but will also nag users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge.

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