Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 reach end of support life, will not get security updates anymore
Microsoft is pulling the plug and two (technically five) of its important products today.
The first is the popular browser, Internet Explorer, more specifically IE 8, 9 and 10, are being discontinued.
The three versions of the browser, will not get security updates anymore. You can continue using it at your own risk, which we do not recommend. The safer option, is to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, which incidentally is the last supported version of the browser.
Windows 7 and 8.1 users can download and install Internet Explorer 11 from Microsoft’s website.
Last week, we reported that Microsoft will roll out a Windows Update to ask users to upgrade to IE 11. This update, called the KB3123303 Windows Update, is rolling out today, as part of Patch Tuesday.
Windows 10 users needn’t worry, as the operating system comes with IE 11 by default, which of course has been succeeded by the more modern Microsoft Edge browser.
Don’t tell us we didn’t tell you before. We have reported the end of support life for Internet Explorer on two occasions, once back in December, and once a week ago (as mentioned above).
Microsoft’s second biggest flop, Windows 8 also reached end of support life today. This brings the OS to an end, but you can continue using it. Just remember, as of January 12th 2016, the “new Vista”, will not get any security updates, whatsoever from the Redmond company, anymore.
But there is no reason to panic. Microsoft is offering two solutions for users, both are free. You can upgrade your operating system to either Windows 8.1 or to Windows 10.
Microsoft will only offer Windows 10 for free until July 2016, so you will have to make up your mind before then. Windows 8.1 on the other hand is permanently available for free, and has been so since it was released. So you can update to it anytime you want to.
You can however, try Windows 8.1 first, and still upgrade to Windows 10 before July, but not the other way around (without reinstalling Windows 8 first). Just make sure to take a back up of your files, and also select the option to retain your apps and personal data, when you upgrade to either operating system.
The only advantage of choosing to upgrade to Windows 10, is that it has a support life of upto 2025. So you will get a good 9 and a half years worth of updates. Windows 8 will only get you 7 years of updates, until 2023.
Make your choice wisely.