Microsoft has officially announced it will cease to support Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 from January 12. The company will issue a Windows update KB3123303, which will place a prompt box in the three browsers urging people to update to Internet Explorer 11. This will happen for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 users.
The box can be disabled by enterprise users who don’t want to jump ship by altering the registry. However, switching to Internet Explorer 11 is far the better option in the long run.
The end of life status for the Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9 means that Microsoft won’t release any more security patches, leaving the browsers vulnerable to potential new threats. This way it hopes users will move on to a more recent version of the browser, hopefully Edge.
Microsoft has officially released the final version of the latest Internet Explorer to Windows 7 users. The Internet Explorer 10 is available in 95 languages and Windows 7 users will all get the update to the latest version of IE automatically in the upcoming days but eager users are able to download it manually.
The IE 10 now offers better support for web standards like the latest CSS3, but the user interface for the Windows 7 version however remains similar to IE 9. So, the full-screen experience from the Windows 8 machine will not be available for the Windows 7 users.
If you are impatient, you can download the latest version of Internet Explorer from the official Microsoft website.
Microsoft is tackling anonymous anti-Internet Explorer commenters head-on this week. The software maker launched the latest browser you loved to hate video today, showcasing the latest part of its attempts to keep Internet Explorer relevant. The video sets the stage for a comment war with an anonymous IE hater who leaves comments on articles, replies to Facebook posts, and sends tweets to the IE Twitter account.
It’s a comical account of real life comments that can be found across various sites, including “IE sucks” and “IE is only good for downloading other browsers.” Described as a comeback, the campaign shows that Microsoft “gets it” and is clearly aware of the feedback around Internet Explorer. The company has won praise for its recent attempts to adhere to web standards and push out solid releases for Windows 7 and Windows 8, but can’t shake off the perception and memories of Internet Explorer 6 — a product it’s trying hard to kill off.
The approach is fresh, but Microsoft faces some significant challenges against an increasingly popular Chrome browser and offerings from Mozilla and Apple, all of which offer varied and additional features. Internet Explorer is hovering at around 50 percent market share worldwide, so it’s certainly time that Microsoft attempted to reverse the bleed it has experienced over the past several years. But, will it work?