Support for older versions of Internet Explorer ended

Support ended 1/12/16 for Internet Explorer (IE) 10 and older. Security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support continues for IE 11 on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.

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What does this mean?

It’s time to act. Since 1/12/16, Microsoft no longer provides security updates or technical support for old versions of Internet Explorer. Regular security updates help protect devices so upgrading and staying current is important.

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Potential risks of using older versions of Internet Explorer

Security risk

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.

Compliance risk

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.

Support risk

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


Microsoft Edge is our all-new browser for Windows 10 that goes beyond browsing with features like Web Note and Cortana1 integration. 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. Focusing support on the latest version of Internet Explorer for a supported Windows operating system is in line with industry standards.

Previous versions of Internet Explorer have ended of support. End of support means there are no more security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.

Enterprise Mode enables the use of legacy web apps with Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge. For guidance and upgrade resources, please visit the Microsoft Edge IT Center.

Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge 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.

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