Coming in as the default web browser in a popular operating system sure has its drawbacks. Other software is built around particular versions of Internet Explorer, for example.
And while competing solutions like Chrome and Firefox can zoom along retiring older versions and announcing new ones, Microsoft have to take into account all manners of details — from compatibility concerns to corporate contracts.
Nevertheless, that is not stopping Redmond from pulling the plug on some old versions of Internet Explorer in the very near future — relatively speaking, that is.
The company recently announced that IE 8 will no longer be supported come the first Update Tuesday in 2016, which corresponds to January 13 of that year. Here are the versions users must be running before this date, depending on the operating platform they are on:
Obviously, this is a matter of interest for organizations that are still running this build of the browser, hence this early a call. They now have over a year to plan their upgrades, after this first warning.
And as noted here, a large percentage of Internet Explorer users will have to upgrade, keeping in mind that more than 20% of users still used version 8 of the browser to browse the web. These desktop users will soon have to move from an aging solution to a modern one.
About time, too. About time.