Microsoft reminds Windows 7 users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 by January 12, 2016
Microsoft Edge may be the talk of the town, but the new browser certainly hasn’t captured the hearts of many.
The majority of users out there, are using the browser which ships with Windows 7/8/8.1.
Yes it is none other than Internet Explorer, which adorns the crown among browsers. But that is not the surprising thing here, even though it does sound like it is. The real problem however, is that, most users are still using older and insecure versions of Internet Explorer.
The latest version of the browser is Internet Explorer 11, and it has been available for Windows 7 and above, for the past few years, and is even available in Windows 10. Older versions of the browser don’t have much time, as Microsoft has so kindly taken to remind users. You have to upgrade to the latest iteration of the app, by January 12, 2016.
All other versions of the browser will be unsupported by Microsoft, so that means no more security updates. You can of course continue to use the browser at your own risk, but honestly why should you? Not only is the update a hassle free experience, Internet Explorer 11 will also continue to receive security updates until the end of support for the operating system, it is installed on.
It does support Active X, and other legacy technologies. Additionally, IE 11 will also receive updates for backwards compatibility to support legacy features as well.
This applies to all users, including business users, aka Enterprises. Speaking of which, Microsoft is offering a Web Application Compatibility Lab Kit, to check if everything works fine with IE 11.
As you may very well be aware, IE 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and has been superseded by Microsoft Edge. This also means that IE 11 will not be updated with support for any new web standards, as those features will be exclusively pushed to Edge.
And it comes as no surprise, that Microsoft has taken this as an opportunity, to promote Microsoft Edge and its features. The latest browser includes support for Web Notes, Reading View, Cortana, Favorites & Reading List Syncing, Light and Dark Themes, and more. It also supports HTML5, which is the future of the internet, and has improved performance, security and other features.
Naturally for using the browser, one has to upgrade to Windows 10, and this move seems like nothing more than a marketing scheme for users to adopt the new operating system.