Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced earlier today that it will drop support for all old iterations of their Internet Explorer browsers as well as for the Windows 8 system.
There are few browsers that are as infamous as the Internet Explorer. In spite of its supposed flaws and drawbacks, it still remains a widely used program around the world and is the default browser that any Windows OS uses. The revamping of the Windows ecosystem after a drab offering in the form of Windows 8 and 8.1 to 10 was a refreshing upgrade. With Windows 10 came the new and improved, Edge browser which, while not as good or as popular as the Chrome or Firefox platforms is a marked, yet thinly veiled version of the unreliable internet explorer program.
Cutting off support
With all of these in mind and with Microsoft offering free upgrades to all their users, they are going to sever ties with older versions of the browsers. Support and downloadable updates will be cut off from Vista run versions of IE. Starting next month, the only Vista browser to get updates will be IE9. The 7 and 8 versions will be discontinued. Those running Windows 7 and 8.1 will get updates and security updates only for IE11.
Windows 8 as an operating system will no longer receive any support. Those with Windows 8 systems are expected and encouraged to go for the free 8.1 update. Better still, Windows 10 is a marked improvement and it is free, so Microsoft is offering genuine updates to even pirated copies in some regions. The roll out was successful and after a few security and performance tweaks, Windows 10 will be remembered as one one of the company's better products. The news should not come as a surprise to many, especially long time users of Windows. The company is known for releasing service packs to their systems, continuing support for two years and then enforcing the update.
Some systems will, however continue to receive updates and patches. Point of Service embedded systems, for example are mostly based on either XP, or 7 and their systems, although by now considered to be legacy in most parts of the world, will get patches and updates. Such machines will get updates for every OS with all versions of IE starting with IE7 all the way to IE11. They will, however, be irregular and difficult to obtain.