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Microsoft will kill support for IE 8, the world’s most popular desktop browser, by 2016

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Hoping to give users plenty of warning, Microsoft today announced plans to end support for all Internet Explorer browsers introduced before 2011.

By Jan. 12, 2016, Microsoft cautions that it will only support the following browser-operating system combinations:

  • Internet Explorer 9 on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Server 2012
  • Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2

Although Adobe estimates that Google’s Chrome now reigns as the most popular browser globally, most studies still place Microsoft’s IE in the lead. Regardless of total market share stats, both StatCounter and NetMarketShare rank IE 8 as the single most popular desktop browser version worldwide, as noted first by The Next Web and ZDNet.

First released in 2009, IE 8 users have approximately 17 months to upgrade to IE 9 — although Microsoft hopes users will instead jump ahead to IE 11. Microsoft hopes to lure lagging enterprise users with backward compatibility, too.

But this won’t stop many stubborn users from clinging on to older versions of IE. Microsoft’s IE 6, for example, still commands an estimated 3.6 percent of the desktop browser market, according to NetMarketShare.

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13 comments
Kou Navi
Kou Navi

Most popular is NOT the same as most used. IE is most used simply because there are tons of n00bs that don't even understand the concept of a browser, let alone uninstall it, and install the ACTUAL MOST POPULAR which are Firefox and Chrome. Popular is not what you have, but what you want. For example Ferrari is the most popular car, but Toyota is the most used. That doesn't make Toyota the most popular, simply because people can afford it. So, do not abuse the term Popular please. The ONLY 3 reasons people STILL use IE are 1) because of contracted customer support in corporations, 2) because most n00bs have it by default in brand new computers, and 3) because programmers and web designers use its rendering engine for wrapping web automation programs and compatibility testing. That's it. So its by no stretch of imagination popular.

Thomas Lidforss
Thomas Lidforss

I really don't understand what people are complaining about. I use IE11, the latest Google Chrome and Firefox all the time.

John Vallevik Green
John Vallevik Green

Article-noun mismatch: "a ... combinations." Replace "a" with "newer" for a ho-hum headline.

William Su
William Su

I want ownership of it if they dont want it. Its got a lot of potential

Rick Chapman
Rick Chapman

To bad... 8 was the last version I kinda liked

Enson Valero
Enson Valero

finally..... source of malware......do it ASAP please...

Raul Vega
Raul Vega

Japan to switch over to IE 9 by 2018