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Windows 8, older Internet Explorer versions face end-of-life deadline this week

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Jan 12, 2016.

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    This week's Patch Tuesday will be the final time the Windows 8 OS and Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 see any more fixes. Microsoft is again making the necessary decision to cut the cord and let the aging browsers go, and it has begun urging users to upgrade.

    As always, the products will continue to work, they just won't be patched if a flaw or exploit is found. With this end-of-life patch, IE users will be given an upgrade notification informing them that the browser will no longer be supported and encouraging them to use the latest version. It's a similar ritual Microsoft had to go through with Windows XP two years ago.

    And, as it turns out, there are still a fair number of users of the old IE versions – around 19.8%, according to NetMarketShare analytics. So why are the old browser versions hanging on? Two reasons, I suspect.

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