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Microsoft No Longer Supporting Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

February 11th, 2016



What's the issue?

In case you missed it, Microsoft released a final security and product update in January for Internet Explorer (IE) versions 8, 9 and 10, declaring those products EOL (End of Life). From January 12, 2016 forward Microsoft is no longer providing security and product updates for those versions, and will only be updating Internet Explorer 11 and later. This creates an increased risk of successful malware attack and data breach on computers with browsers that are no longer supported.

According to NetMarketShare™, as of the end of January, 2016, IE 8, 9, and 10 still held 17.3% share of the PC browser market.

Microsoft are urging users to update to IE11 because "it offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the modern technologies that power today's websites and services. Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience."


What should I do?

Check all of your desktop, laptop and tablet computers that have Internet Explorer. Go to Help, About on the top toolbar and determine your version of IE. Update any version older than IE11.

For more information about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle for older IE products, visit https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle#gp/Microsoft-Internet-Explorer.


Note to NPC Customers

All NPC DataGuard Pro systems have IE11 or later, and no action is required on your NPC device. We encourage you to review your home and non-NPC systems and upgrade as required.


Sources

NetMarketShare™

Microsoft Support Lifecycle



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