Internet Explorer the browser which was the gateway browser to the internet for many of our readers, continues to up their game, with the arrival of Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) which many view on par with Chrome, Firefox and Opera web browsers. Given the large technical and security steps forward offered in IE11, Microsoft is urging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11, and have given these users a nudge.  They announced, that as of today, 12 January 2016, marks the end of technical and security support to prior versions of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft explains why to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11:

It means you should take action. After January 12, 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading and staying current is important.

Microsoft provides the following on how to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11:

As a home user, you most likely have Automatic Updates turned on, and have already upgraded to Internet Explorer 11 without having to do anything. If you haven’t turned on Automatic Updates yet, do so now by clicking the Check for Updates button on the Windows Update portion of the Control Panel to get started.

The good news is that based on our review of the Senior Online Safety readership data, we note that this advisory will affect less than three percent (3%) of our readers.

Should you decide it is time to change browsers, here are links to three alternative browsers:

Chrome

Safari

Firefox

Opera

Additional Reading:

Running Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10? Your days are numbered – CNET

The long goodbye to Internet Explorer

Microsoft: Lifecycle support chart

Microsoft: Lifecycle support discussion

 

Senior Online Safety - Web browser market share December 2015

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