If you are on a Windows 7 PC or Windows 2008 Server and are running Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10, today is the day you need to upgrade. Microsoft announced some time ago that support for these builds would be ending on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in an effort to cut down on the wide range of product versions they have to support. Internet Explorer was one of the most challenging apps for the Redmond company to keep updated as there have been so many different versions and there is still a huge number of PCs running these older versions. In fact, in looking at the stats for the site, there are still some who are using v6! Seriously folks, it is time to upgrade just so you can have the latest in security patches.
What the end of support means in Microsoft terms is that Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 will no longer receive any updates of any type. It is, as they say, what it is at this point. No more performance or bug fixes, no more security updates, nothing. It is truly end of support.
If you have been considering giving Google Chrome a try and you are on one of these older builds, today may be a good time to give it a go.
The good news is that for those of you who have upgraded to Windows 10, you already have Internet Explorer 11 so you are good-to-go. If however you are on Windows 8.x, it is time to upgrade. As a Chrome user, I highly recommend it. It will sync your bookmarks across your Android devices and any device running Chrome (including Chromebooks) as well as any extension you have
enabled. Be sure to read my post on the power of Chrome extensions to give you an idea of just how versatile this browser can be for you. To get more information on Chrome, go to http://chrome.google.com and follow the download instructions. You can import your Favorites from IE to Chrome in the process so you won’t miss a step.