On January 12th 2016, Microsoft will withdraw its support for Internet Explorer 8 leaving users who operate on the internet browser, vulnerable and insecure.
After this date, Microsoft will only be providing support for the following Internet models:
- Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2: Internet Explorer 9
- Windows Server 2012: Internet Explorer 10
- Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2: Internet Explorer 11
This leaves users of Internet Explorer 8 with 18 months to upgrade to a new version. In a recent blog post, Microsoft commented that “after January 12, 2016, only the most recent versions of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.” They then go on to add that, in order to stay completely secure, “customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support”.
According to StatCounter, Internet Explorer 8 is still one of the most popular Internet browsers with over 7% of users throughout the World using it (according to figures taken between July 2013 and July 2014). If these users would like to remain secure, they should ideally upgrade to Internet Explorer 11.
By remaining on Internet Explorer 8, users won’t receive any updates or additional protection when they view the internet. This means that after January 12th 2016, should any issues be found, they won’t be patched or fixed. This allows any would be hackers to take advantage of this security loop for malicious means.
By making Internet Explorer 8 redundant, Microsoft are following their schedule to reduce the support provided to an array of ‘historical’ software, such as Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This allows them to focus their attention on software they intend to launch in the future.
If you’d like help upgrading your Internet browser or are concerned about how the redundancy of Internet Explorer 8 might affect you, talk to us today.