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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.

What Do You Need To Know About "End-of-Life"?

Microsoft’s announcement of “end-of-life” is synonymous with “end-of-support”, which means:

  • As of January 12, 2016, all versions of Internet Explorer older than Internet Explorer 11, will be "End of Life".
  • No additional security patches will be released for these products, making them a security risk
  • These versions will no longer be available for download and installation. We will only be able to install the current version on rebuilds or new computers.
  • Microsoft depends on the developers of websites to become current with their support of the browsers as they develop the websites.

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.

What is Included in the Standard Support Lifecycle?

The Microsoft Support Lifecycle provides the following:

  • Minimum of five years of Mainstream Support
  • Minimum of five years of Extended Support for Business and Developer products, and the Windows operating system.

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.

What Versions of Internet Explorer Will Continue to Have Support Through 2016?

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:

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Windows Desktop Operating Systems Internet Explorer Version

  • Windows Vista SP2
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows 8.1 Update
  • Internet Explorer 11

Windows Server Operating Systems Internet Explorer Version

  • Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Windows Server 2008 IA64 (Itanium)
  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 IA64 (Itanium)
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Internet Explorer 11

Windows Embedded Operating Systems Internet Explorer Version

  • Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS)
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Windows Embedded Standard 2009 (WES09)
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 2009
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows Thin PC
  • Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Embedded 8 Standard
  • Internet Explorer 10
  • Windows 8.1 Industry Update
  • Internet Explorer 11

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.

What Else Do You Need to Know About Microsoft's Lifecycle Deadlines in 2016?

  • Products whose support lifecycle ends on or before January 12, 2016, are not impacted and therefore not represented in the list.
  • Internet Explorer is a component of the Windows operating system and the most current version will continue to follow the specific support lifecycle policy for the operating system for which it is installed.
  • The latest version of Internet Explorer will continue to follow the component policy, which means that it follows the support lifecycle and is supported for as long as the Windows operating system for which it is installed on.
  • Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 offers backward compatibility for customers whose enterprise line-of-business (LOB) application has a dependency on a version of Internet Explorer that is about to reach End-of-Life. This software, which Microsoft is committed to continually support, enables customers to run many legacy web applications once they upgrade to a more modern browser.

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.

Make Sure to Update Your Internet Explorer Before the Deadline!

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:

  • Security Updates
  • Non-Security Updates
  • Free or Paid Assisted Support Options
  • Online Technical Content Updates

Networks of Florida can address any question you may have, and will ensure your migration process is simple and stress-free. For additional questions or to schedule an appointment with your Account Manager, please email us at info@nof.com or call us at (850) 434-8600 today.