Microsoft has announced that it will stop providing technical support and security updates for older versions of Internet Explorer from January 12.
In a statement on their website, the company explained that “Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
“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.”
According to TheVerge, the move was imminent as Microsoft had already started announcing the end of support for older versions of the Internet Explorer (IE). In March, IE was “relegated to legacy status.” Microsoft is making this announcement in hopes that users will upgrade to the latest IE version; but this could also mean that people will port to other browsers.
As at April 2015, Internet Explorer still held the biggest share of the browser market with 55.83%, followed by Google Chrome with a share of 25.68%. From Internet Explorer’s 55.83%, IE 11 has 25.03% of the market share. So, yes. People still use Internet Explorer; and as it turns out, most people do.