Learn What You Need to Know About Microsoft's End of Support for Internet Explorer in 2016.
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As “Your IT Department,” Networks of Florida employs proactive measures to assist all of our clients in defining and helping them understand and mitigate the risks associated with the End of Support for Microsoft products. Networks of Florida is reaching out to you today to advise and define what this means to you and your business.
For clients that have very few restrictions on the version of Internet Explorer that they can use, this may not have an impact. However, for clients that access websites critical to their daily business with known restrictions on the supported versions of Internet Explorer, this may present some significant challenges in the near future, limiting Networks of Florida's ability to take corrective action when problems occur.
Microsoft’s announcement of “end-of-life” is synonymous with “end-of-support”, which means:
Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy provides consistent and predictable guidelines for product support availability from its release to the end of its life. By understanding the product support availability, customers are better able to maximize the management of their IT investments and strategically plan for a successful IT future.
What is the Microsoft Lifecycle Support policy for Internet Explorer? Internet Explorer is a component (defined as "a set of files or features that are included with a Microsoft product, whether it is shipped with the product, included in a product service pack or update, or later made available as a web download for the product") of the Windows operating system and follows the Support Lifecycle policy for the product on which it is installed.
The Microsoft Support Lifecycle provides the following:
The newest Internet Explorer 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.
Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates as listed below:
Windows Desktop Operating Systems Internet Explorer Version
Windows Server Operating Systems Internet Explorer Version
Windows Embedded Operating Systems Internet Explorer Version
It is vital that customers running on an older version of Internet Explorer – such as Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) – plan to migrate to one of the above supported operating systems and browser combinations by January 12, 2016.
While most customers are already using the latest version of Internet Explorer, Networks of Florida has found that there is still fragmentation across the install base which poses problems for web developers and support staff. The simplest way to address this discrepancy is by upgrading to the most recent version of Internet Explorer, which will only increase performance, improve security, improve backward compatibility, and support for the modern web technologies that power today’s websites and services.
Customers have until January 12, 2016, to upgrade their browser, after which time the previous versions of Internet Explorer will reach end of support, meaning that there will be no more: