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Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 Reach End-of-Life Next Week ( 250

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, January 12, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 will officially reach their end of life. A new patch going live soon will add a notification that nags users to upgrade. "What's even bigger about the end of life for these versions is that this means Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Microsoft's old browser that's left supported, as the company continues to transition customers to Edge on Windows 10."
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Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 Reach End-of-Life Next Week

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  • Edge (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @01:37PM (#51249609)

    Edge sucks (no ad-block)

    • Re:Edge (Score:5, Funny)

      by invictusvoyd ( 3546069 ) on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @01:54PM (#51249767)
      I was under the impression that they had reached EOL 10 years ago
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        They had OFFICIAL support?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Re:Edge (Score:4, Insightful)

      by tepples ( 727027 ) <> on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @02:46PM (#51250267) Homepage Journal

      In the meantime, until Edge gains support for content-blocking plug-ins, you can keep the worst ad networks from resolving at the DNS level [].

    • will block most (for me all) ads. Edge is pretty legit with ad blocking.

    • Edge sucks (no ad-block)

      That is the reason I am not currently using it. Hopefully when they enable extensions, then we can have our blockers.

  • For Microsoft, "End-of-life" means more control over users by forcing them to use new software that makes Microsoft's methods more dominant. My opinion, shared by many others.
  • Not entirely true (Score:5, Informative)

    by truedfx ( 802492 ) on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @01:46PM (#51249699)

    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.

    This would mean that IE9 will remain supported on Vista. According to Windows lifecycle fact sheet [], Vista's support doesn't end until April 2017, and IE9 is the most current version of Internet Explorer available for Vista.

  • Vista's fucked (Score:2, Interesting)

    MS Windows Vista is supposed to get security updates until April 2017, but they can't get IE10 or 11, and now IE9 is end-of-life. Keep that in mind when Microsoft promises to "support your device through its lifetime" or whatever bullshit.
    • by dstyle5 ( 702493 ) on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @02:06PM (#51249885)
      What is actually happening is:

      "Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. Please visit the Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ here [] for list of supported operating systems and browser combinations."

      So if you are running Vista SP2, which supports only up to IE9, you are still OK, it is still supported, as shown at the Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ link above. Running Server 2012 (Not R2), then IE10 is still supported. Yes the article is valid for the operating systems they are referring to, but it doesn't paint a complete picture of what is going on for all of Microsoft's operating systems. Older IEs are supported for some operating systems, just not the two mentioned in the article.
    • Why the fuck can't they port IE11 to Vista?

      • They don't want to encourage anyone to use Vista anymore. It's a rather old OS that is running out of support next year so they do as little as possible and only support IE 9 on Vista until then.
  • the company continues to transition customers to Edge on Windows 10."

    Internet Explorer is NOT being discontinued anytime soon. There are a number of devices, enterprises, corporations and government entities that still use software written is god awful proprietary models such as ActiveX and still need to be available until they move away. Add to that the number of web services with NTLM support and you increase the number of users still needing IE.

    So the reality is that Edge is being pushed as the browser for 99% of users. IE is still available in Windows 10 but is not "in

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @01:56PM (#51249791) Homepage
    as outlined by microsofts official policy, the transition path is to follow:
    OEM-Vendors: will continue bundling IE10 with no fewer than 32,768 OEM specific plug-ins and search bars, as per "the agreement."
    home users: through the dark caverns of innumerable bonzi buddies and search helpers, and through the cloistered mass of trojans and activeX malware, Windows will at first notify, then plead, then insist, and finally quietly download and install Edge with, or without your knowledge. You are to verbally complain (with or without audience) that either "someone changed my icons" or "the internet button isnt working."
    Embedded applications: checkout appliances, billboards, interactive kiosks, computerized lathes and mills, and medical devices will continue to run Internet Explorer 3.0 until the last star falls from the heavens or the last operator dives from a major skyscraper.
    Banking institutions: please continue to ensure browsers conform to at least windows explorer. The version clearly doesnt matter. Hell, just getting the name to stick with you guys is an accomplishment
    Doris in finance: please install the final pinochle/oprah book club toolbar to your barely recognizeable "browser." Doing so will collapse the waveform and upon its arrival, shear the very fabric of reality and spacetime into what you may perceive as a perfect game of web solitare but which is in actuality the very embodiment of a digital christ, if you will. The singularity now ushered upon us, we may finally become one with infinity through your divine portal. The bonzi buddy will confirm this with his signature "flip"
  • Who really cares? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mr_diags ( 1124289 ) on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @02:09PM (#51249921)
    Who really cares if "support" for these fossils stop? Who has any reason to ever use a Microsoft browser when there is Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, and other better solutions? Is anyone really planning to use Edge? What troglodyte is still developing any server feed that requires using a Microsoft browser?
    • by Nexion ( 1064 )

      I use Explorer every so often. To download Chrome or Firefox, but still... :P

    • Safari is only on OS X and iOS. And since the day Opera switched to Blink I've stopped counting them as a different choice anymore.

      So it's really Chrome or Firefox now.

      But Firefox keeps destroying their own browser for stupid reasons, remove or change things that people like and add things that nobody wants or even asked for.

      That means there's only Chrome, unless you're a Windows users which means you can choose between Chrome and Edge.

  • My IT Department has been pushing out IE11 across all the corporate offices for months, and the IT Apps have been working since last year to make sure all custom apps work with it. SAP/Oracle was the only issue, but work around came as it was an industry standard.

    We have daily quotas to hit home users who vpn in, to make sure they are upgraded, since they dont run AD login scrips. Its been quite the wack-a-mole to get all users upgraded.

    And last year was the EOL of XP too, that was a fun rollout of new upgr

  • by King_TJ ( 85913 ) on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @02:20PM (#51250009) Journal

    I mean, I understand how MS is doing this, where "the latest version of IE that can run on your supported OS is still supported" .... but here's the thing? People out there building new web sites for the masses are NOT going to waste time making sure they render perfectly on IE 8 or 9, in most cases. If they work, great... But the bulk of the QA testing is going to happen around the latest version of the browser (IE 11) -- and even that may die out with more emphasis placed on pages working well in "Edge" and Win 10.

    So seems to me, in the "real world", the people sticking with using an older IE like 8 or 9 are doing so purposely, because they run older web-based applications or internal Intranet sites/portals that were coded specifically for those browser versions. We've already reached the point where you're stuck using an old version of a Microsoft OS just so you can keep doing that. So whether MS declares the old browsers "unsupported" or "supported" means little more than a technicality. (If I was MS, I would do this "dance" about supported versions too, just because I wouldn't want to deal with headaches from some idiot still on Vista who refuses to spend a buck to upgrade it, and now wants to argue over what "extended support for Vista" really means.) But are these people really all worried about missing a few security patches from MS for those old IE versions? Heck -- there's more inherent security weakness in using IE vs. an alternative browser!

    Essentially, you should be using IE 11 or an alternative browser like Chrome or FireFox for everything at this point, *unless* you're in some weird "edge case" scenario where you still need outdated software to work with other outdated software you can't live without. Those situations will ALWAYS happen, and that's why you can still download a freeware CP/M emulator for Windows and other oddball apps like that. MS may as well realistically call all IE browsers before 11 "dead" and let people do as they wish with them.

  • by l0n3s0m3phr34k ( 2613107 ) on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @02:33PM (#51250141)
    This cracks me up, since the unemployment claims website [] says "This site is compatible with the Internet Explorer browser versions 5-9 only". Makes me wonder what they are running under the hood, and just how vulnerable the system is. Netcraft says IIS 6.0 on win2k3.
    • So, their unemployment website requires a costly OS to be accessed? Is that supposed to be a joke?

      • The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission clearly don't pay for an update themself. Windows Server 2003 has been end of life and unsupported for quite some time now.
      • No the unemployment website requires an OS that's available at every workplace, school, public library and internet cafe to be accessed.
        Don't confuse the cost of the OS with oppressing the poor. It would be far worse if it ONLY supported free OSes.

        That said it's still an absurd requirement.

    • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

      I am so not surprised at this.

      also not a joke: when you go to the tag agency here to renew your registration, the computers they have are, no joke, TRS-80s. and ill note this isn't because (or just because) Oklahoma privatized tag registration to private companies, but rather because... they are the only computers able to communicate with the state computers that hold the actual database.

      • by dywolf ( 2673597 )

        that's the words of the people working there anyway, when I asked it.
        but again, when it comes to being backwards, this state continues defy my least expectations.

  • So long, older Internet Explorer versions. Don't let the door kick you on the ass on your way out.

    There's still IE11 to deal with, but it doesn't suck as much as the older versions.

  • by hyperar ( 3992287 ) on Wednesday January 06, 2016 @04:05PM (#51251075)
    Enterprises will continue to do whatever the fuck they want anyway.
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  • Good to see that they didn't EOL IE 6... forever!

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