Microsoft to drop support for older versions of Internet Explorer in 2016
September 4, 2014 Leave a comment
If you support Windows in a large enough organization [or maybe not], here’s something to think about….
According to a report, as of January 12, 2016, Microsoft will only release patches to Internet Explorer for the latest supported version. For example, Internet Explorer 9 in Vista, Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 and 8.1 [and server equivalents].
So, if you are still using Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 by then, you will not get any further security updates for IE after that date, since the latest version is Internet Explorer 11.
This could be a problem for many organizations that are using older versions of Internet Explorer for compatibility reasons. I work for one such organization and not all web based applications are compatible with Internet Explorer 11.
Microsoft has previous backtracked on some issues. Will they do it again?
This change gives organizations just over four months to make the necessary changes.
Wondering if some will drop Internet Explorer all together and use another browser as their officially supported browser.
In addition, now comes word on the same date [January 12. 2016], Microsoft will stop supporting .NET Framework 4.0 and 4.5 and 4.5.1. As of that date, you will need to be at .NET Framework 4.5.2 [released this past May].
Note: .NET Framework 3.5 and 3.5 SP1 are still supported because SQL Server 2008 requires that version.