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What does this mean?

It means you should take action. After 12 January 2016, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of Internet Explorer. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data safer. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading and staying current is important.

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How do I upgrade Internet Explorer?

Small to Medium Business

There are many options for small and medium-sized businesses considering a browser upgrade. Small to mid-sized organisations (<500 employees) without web applications can update automatically using Automatic Updates. Those with dependencies on existing web applications can locate a Microsoft Certified Partner to understand the best options to meet their business needs.

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Enterprise Customers

Microsoft offers large organisations (500+ employees) in-depth technical resources, tools, and expert guidance to facilitate the deployment and management of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer products and technologies. Learn more about migration and deployment programmes by contacting your Microsoft sales representative, Microsoft Services or your Certified Microsoft Partner. Learn how to pilot and deploy the latest version of Edge yourself by visiting TechNet.

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The potential risks of using older versions of Internet Explorer

Running older versions of Internet Explorer after 12 January 2016 may expose you to potential risks, such as:


Without critical browser security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information.


Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA should conduct due diligence to assess whether they are still able to satisfy compliance requirements using unsupported software.

Lack of Independent Software (ISV) Support

Many Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) no longer support older versions of Internet Explorer. For example, Office 365 takes advantage of modern web standards and runs best with the latest browser.

Frequently asked questions


Microsoft Edge is our all-new browser for Windows 10, that goes beyond browsing, with features like Web Note and Cortana1 integration. Microsoft Edge can launch Internet Explorer 11 for sites that need better backward compatibility. Internet Explorer 11 will continue to be supported on Windows 10.

Internet Explorer is a component of the Windows operating system and the most current version will continue to follow the specific support lifecycle policy for the operating system on which it is installed. Internet Explorer 11 will be supported for the life of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. To find the support lifecycle dates for all operating systems, search the Support Lifecycle Database here.

The latest version of Internet Explorer will continue to follow the component policy, which means that it follows the support lifecycle and is supported for as long as the Windows operating system on which it is installed is supported. Focusing support on the latest version of Internet Explorer for a supported Windows operating system is in line with industry standards.

Customers have until 12 January 2016 to upgrade their browser, after which time the previous versions of Internet Explorer will reach end of support. End of support means there will be no more security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

As some commercial customers have standardised to earlier versions of Internet Explorer, Microsoft is introducing new features and resources to help customers upgrade and stay current on the latest browser. For example, Enterprise Mode enables the use of legacy web apps with Internet Explorer 11. For guidance and upgrade resources, please visit TechNet.

Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 offers better backward compatibility, enabling customers to run many legacy web applications designed for older versions of Internet Explorer. To help customers who have a business need for using Internet Explorer 11 with Enterprise Mode, Microsoft is committed to supporting Enterprise Mode as a feature of Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft will continue to invest in compatibility improvements, tools and other resources to help customers upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser.

Upgrading web apps to modern standards is still the best long-term approach, but commercial customers can leverage Enterprise Mode to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 faster and easier than ever before. Please visit TechNet for more information.

Microsoft offers numerous free and paid support offerings for customers and partners who wish to migrate to the latest version of Internet Explorer. Please visit TechNet for more information.

Additional Resources

How to upgrade to Internet Explorer 11

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