Internet Explorer is one of the most popular web browsers in the world… because it’s the one that comes with Windows computers. But many individuals and businesses have a habit of running outdated versions of Internet Explorer because they never get around to updating the software.
Microsoft wants to provide a pretty strong incentive for people to make sure they’re running the latest version of the browser: Starting on January 12th, 2016 the company will only support the latest version of Internet Explorer available for an operating system.
Basically if you’re running Internet 8 or earlier on a Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer, you’ll have to update if you want to receive security and support updates. If you’re running a newer version of Windows, you’ll need to have Internet Explorer 11 installed.
Of course, just because Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8 and earlier doesn’t mean people will stop using them. The company pulled the plug on Windows XP recently… but plenty of people continue to use the operating system which first launched in 2001.