Microsoft Cleans House, Stops Support For Several IE Versions and Windows 8

Windows 8 Microsoft has been cleaning house, and it’s notably significant with its house cleaning of all its Internet Explorer versions except one and its Windows 8 (not 8.1) release.

Windows 8 will no longer get technical support. It’s a version Microsoft would rather like to forget. After yesterday’s updates, it’ll be the last the company offers for this more than three-year-old operating software. Basically, Windows 8 is getting the boot like Windows XP – no big fixes, no security issues, etc.

People using Windows 8 can upgrade to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 for free… at this time. This could be an issue though for people who have an oddball computer that’s no longer manufacturer supported and missing drivers to get a smooth experience. The number of these folks is small and everybody should go ahead and move on up from Windows 8.

People who plan on going to Windows 8 will need to make the upgrade through the Windows Store, not a Windows Update.

Windows 10 is the operating software that Microsoft had hoped Windows 8 would have been.

Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft is also scrapping three of its Internet Explorer versions – 8, 9 and 10. The issue only pertains to people who have Windows 7 who have yet to upgrade to Windows 11. Windows 8 users will need to upgrade to either 8.1 or 10 to attain the latest IE version.

Users of Windows 8.1 and 10 have IE11 already on their computers. Windows 10 users are hardly affected by the changes because the built-in browser is the Edge browser.

People who use Windows 7 and have automates updates should already see IE 11 on their computers. This can be verified by opening IE and hit the Settings button at the top right corner and choose the About Internet Explorer. Users will see a pop-up window that gives them the details.

A Windows 7 patch is being released and will find out what version of IE users have installed. If it’s an older version, users will be bugged until they finally upgrade.

Windows Vista is the only exception to the IE 8 through 10 versions, which uses IE 9. This was the last browser version to be installed on the OS. However, support for it will end in April 2017 including security updates.

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