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Upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 to reduce risk

Failure to update to the latest version of Internet Explorer by 12 January 2016 could put users at risk, Microsoft warns

Microsoft has warned that failure to upgrade to its new Edge browser or Internet Explorer version 11 by 12 January 2016 will expose users to various risks.

The software company announced that it will stop technical support for all older browsers on that date, which includes security updates.

There will also be no more non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or technical content updates.

Only Internet Explorer 11 will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

“Without critical browser security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information,” warned Microsoft.

Users who fail to upgrade could also face a lack of independent software vendor (ISV) assistance because many no longer support older versions of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft notes that Office 365 takes advantage of modern web standards and runs best with the latest browser.

Risk of compliance failure

Failure to upgrade could also put users at risk of compliance failure. Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations are advised to conduct due diligence to assess whether they are still able to satisfy compliance requirements using unsupported software.

Users of Windows 10 will automatically be using Microsoft Edge, which is Microsoft’s new browser. Microsoft Edge can launch Internet Explorer 11 for sites that need better backward compatibility. For this reason, Microsoft will continue to support IE 11 on Windows 10.

Microsoft advised large organisations with more than 500 employees to contact company representatives to access the available technical resources, tools and guidance on managing Internet Explorer or to consult online guides.

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 500 employees can get the latest version easily by using Automatic Updates.

“Those with dependencies on existing web applications can locate a Microsoft Certified Partner to understand the best options to meet their business needs,” said Microsoft.

Microsoft expects most home users to have Automatic Updates turned on, and to have already upgraded to Internet Explorer 11.

Home users who have not turned on Automatic Updates yet are advised to do so by clicking the Check for Updates button on the Windows Update portion of the control panel.

According to Microsoft, Internet Explorer 11 will be supported for the life of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The support lifecycle dates for all operating systems can be found in Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle Database.

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Hoax - Upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 to reduce risk.
Because more than 95% of errors in IE 11 is common with the IE 10, 9, 8, 7, therefore, is not a solution upgrade. Example - MS15-112( CVE-2015-6066 and more), MS14-065 (CVE-2014-6340,...)
Far too little, far too late. We're all ABII (Anything But Internet Explorer) here. Far too many problems, far too many critical updates and far easier to use Firefox or Chrome or almost anything else. Every update, every critical flaw, every notice that "you must upgrade by midnight or Bill Gates will personally cut you off" moves me further and further out of the MS camp.
Personally I have to use IE for one extranet app at work. Other than that if I really want to see an site and Google fails, then Firefox fails I will use IE. With Microsoft ending support and forcing users to IE11 or their new "browser" in Win10, it's just another way of them generating revenue. Stop support and force people to buy upgrades. 
Better yet, don't use IE or Edge.  I just had a very bad experience with both of them trying download from Microsoft. It blew up every time I tried to download. I finally logged into Microsoft using Firefox and got the download the first time I tried.
Ironically, even when IE was still touted as our organization’s “default browser,” most users were using either Firefox or Chrome as their default. So many so, that they were added as installable packages in LANDesk for those users that didn’t have administrative rights on their machines.