Microsoft on Thursday has announced its customers to stop using older versions of Internet Explorer (IE), including the most popular of them, that is IE8 within 18 months.
Microsoft software analysts, Michael Silver of Gartner, said “This is huge, IE has been one of the biggest inhibitors if not the biggest inhibitor preventing organizations from moving to Windows 7 and Windows 8. I’ve spoken to organizations that said they’d have deployed Windows 8 if they didn’t have to upgrade IE. It is another way Microsoft is trying to persuade, or force, organizations to keep current. For some organizations, like those in regulated industries, that’s difficult.”
According to latest figures, the browser is used only on 20 percent of PCs running an operating system around the world while there are only six percent of all web traffic.
From a blog post on Friday evening, the firm said, “only the most-recent version of Internet Explorer available for supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.” Yesterday, the head of IE’s marketing said that after January 12, 2016, Microsoft wouldn’t support IE9 in any of the Windows except Vista, IE10 only on Windows server 2012, and IE11 just for Windows 7 and 8.1. Hence, IE7 and IE8 will not be supported completely in whatever OS they run on.
Roger Capriotti, leader of IE marketing, stated a number of reasons for this revolutionary change, including improved security, better compatibility with third-party and Microsoft’s Web-based application and services, like Office 365 and less fragmentation for Web app and site developers.
“Running a modern browser is more important than ever for the fastest, most-secure experience on the latest Web sites and services,” Capriotti wrote on Thursday in a long blog post.
An analysts with the research firm IDC, Al Hilwa, spotlighted on the security angle. “We have a situation where the security consequences of using outdated software is like putting enterprises in a slowly-heating pot,” Hilwa wrote in an email. “We are reaching a boiling point in terms of hacker intrusions and exploitation. The problem is changing, and software provisioning has to change with it.”
“This wasn’t a complete surprise. In the world of new efficiencies [at Microsoft], it didn’t shock me that they did this. They’re looking for ways to build better software faster,” Wes Miller said referring to CEO Satya Nadella’s.