The End of Internet Explorer (kind of)

As of January 12, 2016, Microsoft will be dropping support for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer. This means that they will no longer be issuing bug fixes, security updates, or any sort of technical support for versions of Internet Explorer previous to version 11. Furthermore, with the launch of Microsoft’s Edge browser that comes default in Windows 10, it’s quite possible that they will be completely dropping support for Internet Explorer sometime in the not-so-distant future.

Why is this happening?

Well, there are a couple key reasons for this; the first of which is security. Older versions of Internet Explorer, (or any browser, for that matter) are prone to malicious attacks and other security backdoors that can put your files and data at risk of being damaged, deleted, or even stolen. By keeping your browser up to date, you are ensuring that you have the latest in bug and security fixes, which can help keep you safe from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software floating around on the web.

The second reason is compatibility. The internet as we know it doesn’t stand still. New websites appear all the time and existing ones are constantly evolving as new technologies are being developed and utilized. In order to take advantage of all the modern features available on your favourite websites, (such as the drag-and-drop feature on the My Files page in your Event Wizard® account) you need a modern browser; one that is capable of understanding and delivering this content to you. Older browsers simply aren’t capable of doing this, which is why many large software providers such as Google had already dropped support for older versions of Internet Explorer years ago.

What should you do about it?

Refusing to upgrade means putting yourself and your data at risk, so as far as I see it, that is out of the question. Luckily, unlike the early years of the internet, there are a multitude of safe options for your web browsing needs. What’s even better is that most modern browsers employ an auto-update feature, so you don’t have to worry about getting your security and bug fixes manually. Plus, they’re all free to download and use – bonus!

If you currently use Internet Explorer 11, you’re golden. However, if you’re running Internet Explorer 10 or under, you’ll want to strongly consider upgrading. In this case you have a couple different options:

a) You can simply run Windows Update in your computer’s Control Panel to search for an update to Internet Explorer 11.

b) Or, you can look at upgrading to a different browser altogether, such as Chrome, (my personal preference) or Firefox. I’ve included some links below to a few popular web browsers – check them out:

Don’t hesitate to try a few different web browsers. It may take some experimenting to find the one that works best for you and your workflow, but once you find it, you can browse confidently knowing that you won’t be left behind again. You may even discover some useful new features you didn’t know existed!

For more information on this change, upgrading tips, and Internet Explorer lifecycles, check out this page from Microsoft. For any other questions or comments, drop us a line.

Posted on January 6, 2016 by Mike Schumann
Category : Announcements
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