Microsoft has announced that they will stop support for Internet Explorer 8 in 2016. This means that Internet Explorer 8 will follow the same path as Windows XP, which Microsoft has buried this year.
This means that in about 18 months, support for Internet Explorer 8 will stop. With this decision, Microsoft is actually trying to determine users access newer versions of its software. This is the exact same thing that the popular company did with its operating system.
Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP, even though this remained one of the most used operating systems in the world. The tech company chose to do so to determine more users to update to Windows 7 or Windows 8. However, not everyone was ready to give up the XP, which offered them the comfort they needed.
Apparently, this is the case for Internet Explorer 8, too. This version of the browser created by Microsoft is still used by 20 percent of all PC users who are running a desktop operating system. Well, despite that a blog post from Microsoft indicated that “only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.” So, users will still be able to use Internet Explorer 8, but they will no longer enjoy support from Microsoft.
Microsoft also announced that this decision will enter effect on January 12, 2016, leaving enough time for users to be able to upgrade to the latest versions of the browser. The most recent one is Internet Explorer 11. Actually, Microsoft advises users to opt for this latest version, as Internet Explorer 9 and 10 will only enjoy limited support.
What has Microsoft prepared next is about to see. However, it seems that the famous company is really determined to promote its latest products, while determining users to stop accessing older versions. The new announcement made by the tech giant came as a surprise. Microsoft also said that support for Explorer 8 will be dropped completely, no matter the operating system on which the brewers runs.