Microsoft to support fewer IE versions

Microsoft has started a 17-month campaign to upgrade customers to the newest version of Internet Explorer that their operating systems will support, which should make it simpler for the company to keep the browser secure because it will have fewer versions to deal with.

On Jan. 12, 2016 Microsoft will drop support for all but the current browser versions. The versions can be automatically upgraded via Windows Update, which is the route the company recommends.

Commercial customers should test the latest upgrades for compatibility with their apps and configurations and then install them as soon as possible, the company recommends.

After the cutoff date, Microsoft will support only the following pairings of desktop operating systems and IE versions: Windows Vista SP2 and IE9; Windows 7 SP1 and IE11; Windows 8.1 and IE 11.

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Network World Tim Greene