Research & Strategy

By Design Portfolio - 25 Jan 2016

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Microsoft announced it was ending support for older versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser, including versions 8, 9 and 10, in a press release on 12 January 2016.

It has been estimated that around 20% of web traffic is served from one of these versions of IE, with only 55% of IE users already upgraded to the latest version (source: Computerworld). By ending support for these browsers, programs and features will still work as expected, but there will no longer be any bug fixes or security patches applied to keep them up to date.

Why are security patches important?

Hackers will often exploit outdated browsers or those that do not offer support as fixes will no longer be supplied. Computerworld estimates that some 340 million people still rely on older versions of the IE browser, which could allow a large number of hacks or exploits to be sent out to various systems and networks.

Microsoft is recommending that all users of IE upgrade to the latest version of its browser, IE11, to ensure they have the most up-to-date security patches and efficiencies. If you’re still using Windows Vista (SP2), IE9 will continue to be supported and Windows Server also offers some exceptions, with IE9 support on Server 2008 (SP2) and IE10 support on Server 2012.

How to find out which browser you’re using

If you’re unsure which version of IE you’re using (or which browser in general), we recommend visiting www.whatsmybrowser.org, which also offers additional browser information about your operating system.

If you'd like some help or advice on upgrading your browser, or you'd like to learn more about how these changes may affect your website, please contact our Digital team on 0207 536 2000 or at digital@design-portfolio.co.