As we announced here a few days ago, today Microsoft Support for the oldest versions of its web browser ends : Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 . Only the most recent version, 11, will receive technical support and security updates from today.
However, it seems that this announcement has led to confusion and the appearance of inaccurate information that erroneously also sentenced Windows versions prior to 10, when in fact it is not. Therefore, in this article we have gathered the answers to some possible doubts and questions you may have about this Microsoft movement.
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What Microsoft products are going to stop being supported?
As we said before, these are the previous versions of your web browser: Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10.
What does that mean exactly?
When a product ceases to have official Microsoft support, it means it stops receiving technical support and security updates. In other words, it will quickly become obsolete against the most current version and other competitive browsers, as well as being a danger to your online security.
Does it also affect Windows 10?
No. On this Microsoft page you can review the mainstream and also with extended support for Microsoft end dates for the various versions of Windows, and as you can see on it, Windows 10 will still enjoy Microsoft support until January 2018. What it does not receive they are updates in service pack format .
What is the difference between mainstream support and support center?
Broadly speaking, and as explained by Microsoft itself , mainstream support is the full Microsoft support that the product receives during at least its first five years of life in the market: security and other updates, new features with each version, help in problems with hardware, etc. After that first term, online support continues to offer some basic security updates, but neglect other services - for example, it will not add new features to the program.
But if my Windows doesn't "expire" yet, why does Internet Explorer do?
For Microsoft, Internet Explorer is a component of the Windows operating system, and as such, subject to the same support policy as the system where it is installed. As we can read on the Microsoft website , the policy for Internet Explorer does not change, but focuses on the most recent version, which offers the best performance, security and web browsing experience. In the words of Microsoft, this movement is "in line with industry standards."
In fact, Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 and 10 that will receive the "End of support" warning are those installed on operating systems that no longer have Microsoft Online Support : Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP1. If you use Windows 8, for example, you will not receive the warning; but anyway Microsoft recommends updating.
What happens if I don't update?
A Microsoft employee may not come to give you a Help, but you will be exposed to all kinds of attacks and vulnerabilities due to lack of security updates. Let's say it's not highly recommended ...
I use an application that depends on an IE version that will no longer be supported. What I do?
For small and medium businesses that use applications that depend on Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10, Microsoft has published a series of tips and recommendations on its official blog to help them migrate to the latest version.
And how long will the support of the current Internet Explorer last?
To find out, Microsoft has enabled a handy search engine where you can enter the name of any product of the company, and view information related to the life cycle, mainstream support, customer support and service packs .
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