It’s the end of the line for Windows 8.0 and Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10. With Microsoft pulling support on them today, it’s upgrade-or-get-hacked time.
If you haven’t updated Windows to 8.1 or upgraded entirely to Windows 10 yet, you’re not alone. Computerworld estimates that 48 million machines were running Windows 8 in December 2015 (1 in 5 devices are using Windows 8 instead of 8.1). It is time to let go, though.
End of support for Windows 8 and IE means there will be no more security patches or technical support. IE 11 will, however, continue to be supported, and Microsoft recommends first upgrading to IE 11 before removing IE 8, 9, or 10. Windows 8.1 , which came out more than two years ago, will continue to be supported until 10 January 2023.
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