Microsoft is finally releasing a patch today that comes with an “End of Life” notice for Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10.
Old versions of Internet Explorer have held the web back, as they do not support new features (such as new, more efficient ways to build websites) and they also contain many bugs which makes developing for these old platforms frustrating and time consuming.
Released in 2009, 2011, and 2012 respectively, Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 were bundled with the Windows operating system and so many people use those browsers by default, without thinking about any alternatives. This has gotten Microsoft in trouble in the EU, where they have been ordered to show a “Browser choice” screen showing competitor’s alternatives.
This news means that after today, any new security breaches found in those browsers will no longer be patched. Users of Internet Explorer will be vulnerable to hacks and viruses (there were over 400 vulnerabilities found in IE in the last 2 years alone).
With Microsoft’s newest browser, Edge, apparently inheriting the security problems of Internet Explorer, we recommend that everybody looking for an alternative to their old browser instead upgrades to Google Chrome.