Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8, announcing it would give users 17 months to stop using the version, which is the most popular version so far.
The post from Microsoft includes a list of operating systems and browser version combinations that would continue getting support, with Internet Explorer 8 not making the cut.
“After Jan. 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates,” said Roger Capriotti, director of Internet Explorer, in the full blog post. “For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support.”
The news is especially big for businesses, many of which have not upgraded their systems to Windows 7 or 8 because it means that they would also have to upgrade Internet Explorer.