Microsoft ends support for Windows 8, older versions of Internet Explorer

Microsoft-684x250Microsoft has officially ended support for all older version of its Internet Explorer browser, except IE 11 and will also be pulling the plug on Windows 8 OS.

Microsoft wrote on its website that “beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates.”

Internet Explore 11, which is the last version of IE (IE has been replaced by Microsoft Edge Browser in Windows 10) will receive updates and support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems. Anyone using IE 8, 9, 10 or anything older than that can forget about technical updates from the company.

Microsoft is also ending technical support for Windows 8 and users will be need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 in order to continue getting updates for the OS.

Microsoft says that users need to upgrade to the latest OS and Internet Explorer in order to protect their PCs from malicious attacks. Microsoft has claimed in the past that the latest Windows 10 OS is running on 200 million devices.

Windows lifecycle fact sheet

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software.

End of support

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support

Windows XP

April 14, 2009

Windows Vista

April 10, 2012

April 11, 2017

Windows 7 *

January 13, 2015

January 14, 2020

Windows 8

January 9, 2018

January 10, 2023

Windows 10, released in July 2015 **

N/A

October 13, 2020

October 14, 2025

End of sales

End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software.

This table gives end of sales dates for specific Windows operating systems.

Client operating systems and updates Date of general availability Retail software end of sales * End of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled

Windows XP

December 31, 2001

June 30, 2008

October 22, 2010

Windows Vista

January 30, 2007

October 22, 2010

October 22, 2011

Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate

October 22, 2009

October 31, 2013

October 31, 2014

Windows 7 Professional

October 22, 2009

October 31, 2013

October 31, 2016

Windows 8

October 26, 2012

October 31, 2014

June 30, 2016

Windows 8.1

October 18, 2013

September 1, 2015

October 31, 2016

Windows 10

July 29, 2015

N/A

N/A

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