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.
Today is a significant day in the history of personal computing. 30 years ago Microsoft Windows 1.0 was launched, bringing with it the first widely available GUI (Graphical User Interface) instead of command line functions. While we can all debate the Microsoft of today and their business practices of the past, there is no denying the significance of Windows 1.0. It, in every way, revolutionized how we interacted with computers and opened the door for billions to learn and easily use PCs in their homes.
Essentially Windows 1.0 was a 16-bit multi-tasking shell that ran on top of MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) that was a mouse driven GUI. To put it into perspective of how far we have come in 30 years, your Android phone sitting next to you is very likely running a 64-bit architecture – never mind your PC! By today’s comparisons, it was not exactly a beautiful user interface but it was revolutionary for the time.
Now what would early days Microsoft be without Steve Ballmer? And everyone enjoys a good launch video for an app right? Feast your eyes on this gem!