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Microsoft is all set to retire Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, and starting January 12, the company will start urging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge browser.

Time’s Up! Microsoft is ending support for select older versions of Internet Explorer, which include Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10. In fact, the Windows maker has already pushed KB3123303 patch that will start alerting users using old browsers, to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge.

The above-mentioned versions of Internet Explorer will no longer receive any updates from January 12 onwards. It means that select browsers will be more exposed to security problems, and it may lead to some serious problems for business users.

For desktop versions of Windows, your IE version should be one of these:

Windows 10 Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11
Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer 11
Windows 7 Internet Explorer 9, 10 or 11

So, it’s advised to install Internet Explorer 11 for your Windows or upgrade to Windows 10 as Microsoft Edge requires this shift. Hence, it’s yet another opportunity to upgrade your Windows as well as Windows 10 Free Upgrade reminder for those who have genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 devices. And for a quick note, it will remain valid until July 29, 2016.

The choice of ending support for old browsers appears to be a logical consequence of Microsoft’s new strategy to push Windows 10, scrapping older platforms. FYI, Windows 10 has already reached to more than 200 million devices thus far, and the momentum still continues, whereas Windows 10 Mobile is still suffering the app gap and the maturity level of a platform.

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