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Microsoft kill Internet Explorer 8, 9 & 10 support

“Fast, Reliable and Innovative” – These aren’t words that you would use to describe Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), at least not in the last decade.

Since the initial release, a long 20 years ago, Internet Explorer has been the official web browser for Windows. In its prime, IE held around 85% of the web browser market share, but since the release of Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome browser, this has fallen as low as 6%, as Chrome leads the market, according to statistics collected by W3Schools.

To address the issues IE has faced over its long and successful life. Microsoft has officially stopped supporting Internet Explorer versions 7, 8 and 9 on Windows 7 and above, in an attempt to get more users to upgrade to IE 11 and their new browser: Edge.

“What does that mean for me?”, I hear you asking. Well, if you are using an old version of IE you should consider upgrading to the appropriate latest version for your operating system to ensure that you continue to receive security and performance updates. If you’re using an older version, you may be vulnerable to security issues in the future.

If you’re unsure which version of IE you’re currently running you can go to WhatBrowser.org, which will tell you your current browser version.

By encouraging users to upgrade their browsers, Microsoft is helping to improve the web by allowing websites to use more advanced features, improving the interaction users have with companies. It also means that websites can be more secure, which is important when it comes to processing financial transactions on the web.

Perhaps with this push to improve the experience users have with Internet Explorer, Microsoft will once again be able to take the lead in market share and become the innovative leader it once was in the web browser market.

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