Microsoft Cutting Support For Older Versions Of IE

Microsoft Cutting Support For Older Versions Of IE
Microsoft is cutting its support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Beginning in January of 2016, the company will only provide support for the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for your system.
The announcement came in a message to developers. That means no more support for Internet Explorer 8 – the highest version that will work with XP. This doesn’t mean the browsers will stop working suddenly, but there will be no more security patches and no bug updates. These versions cannot be protected from malicious attacks.
Starting in January 2016 the following versions only of IE will be supported on the following systems:
Windows Vista SP2: Internet Explorer 9
Windows Server 2008 SP2: Internet Explorer 9
Windows 7 SP1 : Internet Explorer 11
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 : Internet Explorer 11
Windows 8.1: Internet Explorer 11
Windows Server 2012 : Internet Explorer 10
Windows Server 2012 R2: Internet Explorer 11
Microsoft says security concerns are the main reason behind the policy. They point out that while Internet Explorer 8 has been shown to be 69% effective at protection against malicious software, Internet Explorer 11 is 99% effective.