As of January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. According to the official statement from Microsoft, 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. All older versions will no longer receive support. Microsoft has released an all-new browser, Microsoft Edge, for Windows 10. This browser can launch Internet Explorer 11 for some sites that require backward compatibility.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOUR WEBSITE?
Some companies may require their employees to use Internet Explorer and could take their time in upgrading their systems to use a different browser. If a visitor is viewing your site on an earlier version of Internet Explorer, they may experience display issues or certain features may not function correctly.
There are greater risks for users who continue to use an unsupported version of Internet Explorer. Security updates are implemented to protect user data – without these patches, users are more vulnerable to malware and other attacks. There are also additional compliance concerns for e-commerce sites and sites that transmit protected health information.
HOW CAN I HELP MY SITE VISITORS?
You might consider adding detection software to your website so that you can alert users when they are using an unsupported browser and recommend that they switch or upgrade for an optimal experience. For example, Gmail uses a banner to warn users that Internet Explorer is no longer supported and provides a link to upgrade to a supported browser (most likely Chrome).
Contact Ascedia today to get started on a plan to protect your site and improve user experience after support for Internet Explorer ends.