Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer


As we shared in May, Microsoft is prioritizing helping users stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today we would like to share important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system.

Microsoft offers innovative and transformational services for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, so you can do more and achieve more; Internet Explorer is core to this vision.  In today’s digital world, billions of people use Internet-connected devices, powered by cloud service-based applications, spanning both work and life experiences.  Running a modern browser is more important than ever for the fastest, most secure experience on the latest Web sites and services, connecting anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Developer and User Benefits

Developers benefit when users stay current on the latest Web browser. Older browsers may not support modern Web standards, so browser fragmentation is a problem for Web site developers. Web app developers, too, can work more efficiently and create better products and product roadmaps if their customers are using modern browsers. Upgrading benefits the developer ecosystem.

Users also benefit from a modern browser that enables the latest digital work and life experiences while decreasing online risks. Internet Explorer 11, our latest modern browser, delivers many benefits:

  • Improved Security – Outdated browsers represent a major challenge in keeping the Web ecosystem safer and more secure, as modern Web browsers have better security protection. Internet Explorer 11 includes features like Enhanced Protected Mode to help keep customers safer. Microsoft proactively fixes many potential vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, and our work to help protect customers is delivering results: According to NSS Labs, protection against malicious software increased from 69% on Internet Explorer 8 in 2009 to over 99% on Internet Explorer 11. It should come as no surprise that the most recent, fully-patched version of Internet Explorer is more secure than older versions.
  • Productivity – The latest Internet Explorer is faster, supports more modern Web standards, and has better compatibility with existing Web apps. Users benefit by being able to run today’s Web sites and services, such as Office 365, alongside legacy Web apps.
  • Unlock the future — Upgrading and staying current on the latest version of Internet Explorer can ease the migration to Windows 8.1 Update and the latest Windows tablets and other devices, unlocking the next generation of technology and productivity.

Browser Migration Guidance

Microsoft recommends enabling automatic updates to ensure an up-to-date computing experience—including the latest version of Internet Explorer—and most consumers use automatic updates today. Commercial customers are encouraged to test and accept updates quickly, especially security updates. Regular updates provide significant benefits, such as decreased security risk and increased reliability, and Windows Update can automatically install updates for Internet Explorer and Windows.

For customers not yet running the latest browser available for your operating system, we encourage you to upgrade and stay up-to-date for a faster, more secure browsing experience. Beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported:

Windows Platform Internet Explorer Version
Windows Vista SP2 Internet Explorer 9
Windows Server 2008 SP2 Internet Explorer 9
Windows 7 SP1 Internet Explorer 11
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Internet Explorer 11
Windows 8.1 Internet Explorer 11
Windows Server 2012 Internet Explorer 10
Windows Server 2012 R2 Internet Explorer 11

After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates. For example, customers using Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, or Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 SP1 should migrate to Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving security updates and technical support. For more details regarding support timelines on Windows and Windows Embedded, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle site.

As some commercial customers have standardized on earlier versions of Internet Explorer, Microsoft is introducing new features and resources to help customers upgrade and stay current on the latest browser. Customers should plan for upgrading to modern standards—to benefit from the additional performance, security, and productivity of modern Web apps—but in the short term, backward compatibility with legacy Web apps may be a cost-effective, if temporary, path. Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11, released in April 2014, offers enhanced backward compatibility and enables you to run many legacy Web apps during your transition to modern Web standards. 

Today we are announcing that Enterprise Mode will be supported through the duration of the operating system lifecycle, to help customers extend their existing Web app investments while staying current on the latest version of Internet Explorer. On Windows 7, Enterprise Mode will be supported through January 14, 2020. Microsoft will continue to improve Enterprise Mode backward compatibility, and to invest in tools and other resources to help customers upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Browser Migration Resources

Microsoft offers numerous online support resources for customers and partners who wish to migrate to the latest version of Internet Explorer.

  1. Modern.IE – For developers updating sites to modern standards, Modern.IE provides a set of tools, best practices, and prescriptive guidance. An intranet scanner is available for download, for assessing Web apps within corporate networks.
  2. Internet Explorer TechCenter – The Internet Explorer TechNet site includes technical resources to deploy, maintain and support Internet Explorer. Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11 is covered in detail, to help customers extend Web app investments by leveraging this new backward compatibility feature.
  3. Internet Explorer Developer Center – The MSDN developer site includes resources related to application development for Internet Explorer.
  4. Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit – This is an agentless inventory and planning tool that can assess your current browser install base.

For customers and partners who want hands-on guidance, Microsoft has a number of deployment and compatibility services available to assist with migrations. These services include:

  1. Microsoft Services Support – Gain the most benefit from your IT infrastructure by pairing your business with Microsoft Services Premier Support. Our dedicated support teams provide continuous hands-on assistance and immediate escalation for urgent issues, which speeds resolution and helps you keep your mission-critical systems up and running.
  2. Microsoft Consulting Services – Fast and effective deployment of your Microsoft technologies shortens the time it takes to see value from your investments; and when your people use those technologies to their fullest extent, they help grow their skills and your business. Microsoft Services consultants work with your organization to deploy and adopt Microsoft technologies efficiently and cost-effectively, and we can help you minimize risk in your most complex initiatives. Our expertise on the Microsoft platform and collaboration with our global network of partners and technical communities fuel our ability to help you consider just what else is possible through your innovation and Microsoft technologies and solutions.
  3. Internet Explorer Migration Workshop – The Microsoft Services Internet Explorer Migration Workshop helps customers understand the migration process to the latest version of Internet Explorer, using a structured workshop targeted towards IT professionals and developers. Your subject matter experts will quickly learn how to evaluate compatibility issues and remediation techniques. For more information, contact your Microsoft Services representative or visit www.microsoft.com/services.
  4. Find a Microsoft partner on Pinpoint – Connect with a certified IT specialist in your area who knows how to help you upgrade to the most current version of Internet Explorer [and the .NET Framework], with minimal disruption to your business and applications.

By offering better backward compatibility and resources to help customers upgrade, Microsoft is making it easier than ever before for commercial customers to stay current on the latest version of Internet Explorer. In addition to modern Web standards, improved performance, increased security, and greater reliability, migrating to Internet Explorer 11 also helps unlock upgrades to Windows 8.1 Update, services like Office 365, and the latest Windows devices.

— Roger Capriotti, Director, Internet Explorer

Comments (105)

  1. webdev says:

    Great! Finally we can kill IE8.  πŸ™‚

  2. Yannick says:

    Wow, didn't see this one coming, good change anyway. πŸ™‚

  3. Sardoc says:

    There's something I don't understand. Why not just release IE 12 for Vista and 2008 as well, and simply support 1 version for all platforms? Surely that would be easier. And safer. And faster. And everything in-between.

    Is there any place where we could make suggestions like this?

  4. Yannick says:

    @Sardoc – Internet Explorer is a part of Windows, and Vista and 2008 are in "Extended support", which means that no new features are added, that includes IE. That's probably the reason why they stopped developing new versions for Vista and 2008. Windows 7 and 2008 R2 will hit that milestone in januari too.

  5. Cryio says:

    Terrific decision ! Everyone can now breath easily as we do away with IE7, IE8 and mostly everything IE9.

  6. NumbStill says:

    "Beginning January 12, 2016, the following operating systems and browser version combinations will be supported"

    "After January 12, 2016, only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates"

    Same date, same time span (beginning and after… same thing, unless I am mistaken), with contradicting information.

    Perhaps you meant 2015 in the first one?

    (Plus, it only makes sense if you plan on not releasing any new browser versions until then)

  7. Internet Exploder says:

    Too little, too late. And enjoy the angry feedback from enterprise users.

  8. Brian LePore says:

    @NumbStill,

    Yeah, I re-read that section a couple of times and it still doesn't make sense.

    Maybe MS is going to support only those versions for 1 day and then drop them all after that? Why they would do that doesn't make sense but that's what I got out of reading that.

    Maybe they meant that those are the only versions supported until Jan 12? Would that mean that IE7-8 are finally discontinued products?

  9. Sardoc says:

    @Yannick – Yes, I know that, but this policy was good back in 2003, when there was no other browser. Now in 2014 it just doesn't make sense. This is a problem, because if Vista/2008 users (and soon Win 7/2008R2 ones, too) can't install newer versions, they are either gonna stick with outdated ones, or much more likely just switch to Chrome and Firefox. Currently every market share website (except netapplications.com, not sure why this one shows such different results) says that Chrome is the dominant browser, so… it's happening. Long story short: this outdated support policy doesn't do MS any good.

    I think the policy should be changed to include browser updates during extended support (not just security), because today, a browser is pretty much the most crucial piece of software. You can't win the browser war by not supporting your own products, because there are others who do. And people are choosing their products instead.

    I'm not trying to nag or anything, it's more of a friendly advice. I like IE11 a lot and I really don't want to choose another browser, but… well. Looks like after Jan 2015, I won't have much choice.

  10. doddy says:

    It seems odd that the same version of IE isn't available on all versions of Windows – especially considering the decent browsers run on differing operating systems, let alone different versions.

    Embarrassing.

  11. Good plan, too bad it won't start a year earlier!

  12. Asbjørn says:

    Great! Force those slow-moving enterprise dinosaurs to upgrade by any means possible. What would really help though, is that IE 11 was supported in all Windows versions so that some aren't artificially stuck on IE 9 or 10. Vista and 7 aren't that different under the hood.

    I am all for just silently upgrading everyone's browser, including enterprises, but that will never happen…

  13. Yannick says:

    @Sardoc – NetApps shows a different market share because it, for examples, counts China for 1,3 billion people and a country like Belgium for 11 million people. While others say those 2 countries are equal and they have the same influence on the percentage. Also, StatCounter counts every time you visit a page, while NetApps counts every user only once, no matter what. Just to explain the situation a bit. Further on:

    Sure, and I do agree with you, just wanted to say why they aren't doing it. πŸ™‚

    @Internet Exploder – You do realize that "too late" is actualy a complement when it comes to ending support right? "Too little" on the other hand conflicts with "too late" in your statement. I'm also surprised how you can be "too little, too late" with ending support in the first place, even when what you say was what you actualy tried to write.

  14. Yannick says:

    Also, question: how are you guys going to handle it when a new version of IE is released? For example, if Internet Explorer 12 is released on Windows 8.1, will support for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 end that very same day, or will it be supported for a couple of months further to allow people to migrate?

  15. Ian says:

    What about Windows 8? I have an unsupported x64 CPU so I cannot upgrade to 8.1. Will I get IE 11?

  16. David says:

    January 12, 2016  IE11? crikey I was hoping we would have had a couple of major releases during the next year and half making IE13(Current-1) at least the minimum version…

  17. Solution says:

    Open source IE and fire the whole IE lot. we will take it  from there and fix their turd code which causes crashes and Internet Explorer not responding messages. As a C++ community member this is an insult to the language community that even after 20+ years  they can't handle basic infrastructure: input and memory management!

    shame on you guys

  18. wowcha says:

    Thank god. I'm tired of supporting old versions of IE because they're so inept at creating a self-updating and backwards compatible browser like everyone else.

  19. TinyTim says:

    @Solution:

    Better idea: open source IE, then delete the repository.

  20. Ed Fry says:

    What MS needs to do is get all of their supported OS's on the same page and get them all on IE11 or Even IE12. That should be priority 1 at MS if they want to get IE adoption back on track.

    I know there isn't a lot of Vista out there, but it's share is actually going up simply because people on XP are upgrading their Systems to Vista because their old system had a Vista Business key that was downgraded to XP and now they're upgrading out of necessity and cost. (free, since they're already licenced for it.) So Devs have to code for the lowest common denominator (IE9) or Force users to change browsers to Chrome or Firefox (which takes 7 and 8 users to them as well.)

    If there was one IE, people would develop more for it. As it stands right now, there are 3 IE's that you have to dev for. There's only 1 Chrome or Firefox you need to dev for, since they update on every Windows OS that's currently supported. IE should be no different.

  21. Patrick says:

    Right now I use IE9, if I update to IE11 I get a blue screen after a hour usepatrixk. I have Windows 7 64bit.

    Why?

  22. NVTech says:

    @Ian:

    According to the Windows 8.1 Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ, support for Windows 8.0 also ends Jan 12, 2016:

    "With the General Availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 have 2 years, until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 in order to remain supported."

    support.microsoft.com/…/lifecycle-Windows81-faq

  23. jescott418 says:

    Good change and should have been done a while ago. Too many versions around that give IE a bad name. Let's get back to the focus on what the modern IE can really do. IE 11 is NOT perfect, but a long ways separated from the days of old. The problem with making a browser so integrated into Windows like IE work with multiple versions of Windows is restricting advancements of IE. Nobody should consider that a decade old Windows XP should be able to run IE 11. I look for Firefox and Chrome to stop supporting XP too. Eventually you find yourself supporting older platforms too long it becomes stifling to development. IE is different from Chrome and Firefox and because of IE's ties to enterprise and its integration with Windows. It cannot simply do what Chrome and Firefox and any other browser does. Not unless Microsoft truly makes IE a standalone browser for Windows. I doubt that will happen given what we have seen with Modern IE in Windows 8 and IE in Windows Mobile. Its good Microsoft is taking to task to shore up IE versions as best it can.  

  24. Ian says:

    @NVTech: AFAIK Windows 8 Mainstream support ends on 1/9/2018. Even so, how can I upgrade to 8.1 if Microsoft doesn't allow me to it (due to some CMPXCHG16b instruction)?

  25. NVTech says:

    @Ian:

    Item #2 in the previously referenced FAQ.

  26. Dick Watson says:

    As went our migration from XP, guess this means our IT geniuses will schedule the migration from IE8 to happen by January 11, 2016. Gotta love this Just In Time approach…

  27. James Kelley says:

    Why not allow multiple version of IE to run on a single system?  users can then use IE 8 for "internal", corporate apps.

  28. Peter says:

    @NVTech, except it isn't true. Windows 8.1 DOES change hardware requirements compared with Windows 8 or Windows 7. And Microsoft knows it. There are computer physically not capable of running 8.1 that run 8.0 fine.

    Legaly Microsoft probably has itself covered (the service pack support vs mainsteam support dates), and the amount of affected users is probably small. Nevertheless these people are forced to buy either new hardware, downgrade to 7 or buy the 32bit version of Windows 8.1 instead.

  29. TheBrodo says:

    I thought IE 6.0 was still cutting edge in the Windows World… Well done M$ for joining most modern Operating Systems.

  30. TheBrodo says:

    I thought IE 6.0 was still cutting edge in the Windows World… Well done M$ for joining most modern Operating Systems.

  31. How about says:

    Every time you release a browser you don't break what worked in the previous version so people could upgrade w/o re-investing time/money into re-developing something that worked or pray that a vendor/client doesn't use a mission critical app you need to do business with them that won't work in the new version of ie. thus forcing these users to not be able to upgrade and be exposed to risk b/c of the poor backward compatibility of ie from version to version.

  32. TonyF says:

    "Why not allow multiple version of IE to run on a single system?  users can then use IE 8 for "internal", corporate apps."

    Excellent comment – but one that M$ will not entertain !!

  33. Bring it forward! says:

    Jan 2015 please. Killing the older browsers is better for everyone.

  34. fail says:

    I also couldn't upgrade to 8.1, even though my computer was good for 8.0.

    Faced with a choice between receiving updates, or getting a new computer – I installed Linux Mint and got on with my life.

  35. Parker says:

    How come with any other browser, it's actually harder to NOT stay up to date?

  36. Pig says:

    @How about:

    It's so the corporate point+click developers are locked-in to IE, forcing people to use IE because the other browsers are incompatible. The trouble is, it's back-fired and IE is now incompatible with the rest of the world, and becoming nothing more than a FF/Chrome downloader.

    Typical tactic of MS, really. They don't make products you *want* to use – just stuff you *have* to use. Not working any more – we have choice.

  37. fr says:

    Good news, but you need to review the decision not to release IE11 on Server 2012.  Since there is no free upgrade to 2012 R2 unless you had SA, many companies will stay on 2012 for many years.  It is a bizare situation that if you run Server 2008 R2 you can use IE11, but on the newer Server 2012 you are stuck on IE10.  Whilst it might not matter that much if it is just a file server, if you are using it for RDS it means you cannot give your users an up to date IE.

  38. Joe says:

    I find it odd to even have a browser on a server. A consumer OS for production… no wonder Windows doesn't get taken seriously in the real world.

  39. Pat says:

    Indeed it makes no sense for both customers and Microsoft support to not have Internet Explorer 11 on Windows Server 2012. Any thoughts about this from Product team ?

  40. Mike Dimmick says:

    Pat: Microsoft now expect you to have Software Assurance on your servers and upgrade them to Windows Server 2012 R2. There will be no service packs and no feature updates to Windows Server 2012.

    For anyone who didn't buy SA when they licensed Windows Server, or didn't know to buy it within the short time window after buying it pre-installed on a server, congratulations! You're screwed. You have to buy 2012 R2 at full price.

  41. IanBoyd says:

    @Ian Run 32-bit Windows 8.1. 64-bit Windows requires your 64-bit processor to be able to run all 64-bit instructions.

    Since either your CPU or motherboard doesn't support the full 64-bit instruction set: run 32-bit Windows 8.1.

    Or don't. You're choice.

  42. Eric Bentsen says:

    It's hard tracking down Firefox 2.0 for Win 98SE.

  43. seimis says:

    Great. But now I feel it's time for a new Dev Channel version. Or at least, reveal more "In Development" features on status.modern.ie.

  44. Laughing at Microsoft but crying when impementing says:

    Such a shame MS is taking so long for a "good" move. Never too late they say…

    Time for corporate bullsh*t to let go & let MSIE to work like all other browsers: update automatically, whatever OS version you're using.

  45. Laughing at Microsoft but crying when implementing for IE support says:

    just corrected my alias because <sarcasm>this fancy MS blog</sarcasm> does not allow edits.

    MS can't even make a good blog, what should we expect about making a browser!

  46. Lokesh Sharma says:

    WOW…

    It look like going to effect enterprise customers too. not sure what they are going to do when some of their systems are still running from XP /2003 clients.  Why don't Microsoft allows corporate users (running enterprise edition) to have multiple version of IE to run on a single system. That would be a good step.

  47. Sudhir says:

    We don't see the options for the four new policies in the ADM when imported ? are there any caveats to see these 4 new policies?

  48. Rusty says:

    What a load of crap. I highly recommend everyone stop using all versions of Internet Explorer and switch to a modern browser such as Google Chrome. Why even waste any more time with Microsoft's outdated technology?

  49. Rusty says:

    It should be obvious by the length of this article and all the convoluted variations of Microsoft's OSs and browsers what a rats nest this company has managed to produce. There are much better, faster, more reliable and more secure options. My generation of young tech developers and businessmen view companies that base their products and services on Microsoft products as old and dying.

  50. Gavin says:

    My organisation is so slow… it's almost as if they do not care.  My work PC is still Windows XP!  3GB RAM max! Whoop!  By the time I get Windows 7 that will also be unsupported!  

  51. Shaz says:

    "MS can't even make a good blog"

    Be fair, they have to keep it compatible with IE

  52. ellie says:

    moet ik dit ook doen bij windows vista basic?

  53. JeffreyUpstateNY says:

    Microsoft made a really bad decision years ago to include IE as part of the operating system, and it has now finally realized how bad a decision that was.  Because IE 6 was part of Windows Server 2003 and XP, Microsoft HAD to support it for all these years, but with Windows Server 2003 support ending next year, they can finally unshackle themselves from IE 6.  Unfortunately, IE 8 and 9 are bundled as part of the newer OS releases, and technically, they are responsible for supporting those versions as part of their OS support, just as they would any other OS component (Explorer, RPC, etc.).  One of the major disadvantages of including IE as part of the OS was that users could not avoid installing IE or uninstall all versions of IE to reduce the attack surface of their systems.

    What Microsoft really needs to do is stop including IE as part of the operating system, and make it clear if they do bundle IE, it is NOT part of the OS, and that installation is optional, as with other components of the system.  I do not see Microsoft actually doing that because it still is part of the OS, and various components within the OS (help files, for example) depend on it or its components.  So I think this announcement basically says "Yes, technically IE is part of the OS, but we are ignoring our support policy on OSes, and making people use only the latest version of browsers for each OS."  That is my first concern with this policy change.

    My second concern is that Microsoft continues to change the functionality of the browser (which is not necessarily a bad thing), while vendors that provide web applications can only build their applications based on the standards and capabilities of IE at the time of release; it is a classic chicken and egg scenario, and vendors are always playing catch-up.  Therefore, I must reserve judgment on whether the new support policy will ultimately harm enterprises by forcing them to continue using unsupported versions of browers to run existing applications if the latest version of IE does not work with the available versions of enterprise applications, and it takes time for vendors to update their applications and enterprises to test and deploy those new versions; many of these applications not just bits of ASP that can be easily updated, tested and deployed in a week, but huge applications that require careful planning, testing and deployment, and in many cases, require recertification for security or compliance reasons.

    Overall, I think that making people upgrade their browsers is a good policy for security reasons, but again, Microsoft needs to be clearer about the relationship between IE and each OS, and consider severing IE from the OS for good, just as they have for Windows mail, and other applications.  

  54. Ian says:

    @NVTech: According to the #2 in your FAQ: "Windows 8.1 does not change any hardware requirements compared with Windows 8"

    This is a lie! If there weren't any changes, I would've upgraded to 8.1, but MS doesn't allow me to do it!

  55. margaret says:

    Does this mean the HTML Help engine will be updated as well, or will it still be based on IE7?

  56. kharlamov says:

    "Why not allow multiple version of IE to run on a single system?  users can then use IE 8 for "internal", corporate apps."

    This can be done today using products such as Symantec Workspace Virtualization.

  57. David says:

    Yes, just run virtualized browsers on old OSs and immediately you've eliminated the majority of exploits. On any OS, makes for easy deployment, too. Running virtualized Firefox here and no worries about bad websites.

  58. Drew says:

    Of course, thanks to the way Microsoft fumbled their Compatibility Mode implementation, web developers will still have to support IE7 (and 8, and 9…) long after it ceases to exist in the real world.  IE6 may have taken forever to die, but at least it stayed dead when the time finally came.

  59. Dean says:

    I understand to the need migrate to current browser version.  But Microsoft should first insure that the current browser actually works in their product lines.  For example, IE11 doesn't properly work with SharePoint 2013.  

  60. Terrible. says:

    Chrome > IE

  61. Nicola says:

    I prefer using the Firefox browser because it is easier and quicker, giving me an easy access toolbar at the top of my page for all my bookmarked websites.   There is also a section for the most visited websites on the toolbar, meaning you simply click on "Most Visited" and click on the website you want to access and you are in.  Unless I am very much mistaken, I don' t think IE gives you that option, or at least, not in such a convenient and easy use way.   Have not used IE for years now and do not intend to return any time soon.   Have also tried Google Chrome, but much prefer, for my purposes, I am starting up my own internet business, the Firefox browser.

  62. Baker Muller says:

    If you ask a IE team guy about html5test.com, they will probably tell you that it doesn't actually test every aspect of html and it is shallow like that.

    With this BS claim in mind, take a look at html5test repository github.com/…/html5test and browse the code in script folder. You will notice that its checking standard feature implementation.

    The scores?  Only we care about the scores! IE team hate IE so they tried to push it back so hard that its still lagging behind all the known reputed browsers of the era.

    The fanbois will not agree, but these are the facts which turn off serious user base. I want to help improve IE, but IE team don't want our help. The developer preview channel is another hack to gain some quick cheap reputation. They don't do: "take feedback, say thanks and JUST fix it". They will put it in their "issue tracker" which no one knows how it looks like (must have over trillion feedbacks by now), sleep on it for years and then close it. If you bash on twitter, blogs, media that why they close it with BS reason, they will reopen the ticket and sleep again. It looks like they feel insulted when someone else tell them what they made has a bug. With this proud attitude, they will fall hard and fast..

    Bureaucracy is the enemy of software lifecycle. something from which IE team @Microsoft never able to insulate themselves.

  63. Erwin says:

    What is the mistake with W7 and IE11, when RMB new Tab or CTRL and RMB not works like in IE9 or all before and also Chrome, Opera Firefox ????????????

  64. Marty Swenson says:

    I've had a computer since 2003 using Microsoft Internet Explorer.  As I am 88 years old and with Microsoft forcing me to upgrade to another system I will have to give up using computer. At this age it would be too complicated to learn.  Guess you are going after younger generation users and don't consider us "old Folks"

  65. Josh the Nerd says:

    @NumbStill: You're right that the information doesn't make sense if there are more releases between now and 2016. Other than that, I don't see any contradiction. For example, IE9 is "the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for" Vista, so the information in the chart matches the info in the other statement. As far as I can tell all the information in the chart is correct.

  66. noname says:

    Does Internet Explorer 12 turned Windows 7 come out?

    Please release by that as used in the field of the last version.

  67. Yigal says:

    What about safari for mac users?

  68. BrotherBrush says:

    Yes, What about safari?

  69. Maxim-064044 says:

    Will Internet Explorer 12 is released for Windows 7 SP1?

  70. Maxim-064044 says:

    Will Internet Explorer 12 is released for Windows 7 SP1?

  71. VillageCare says:

    I'm so glad I quit paying Bill (for crappy software and even crappier support) about 20 years ago and switched to Linux.

  72. Tim says:

    Glad to hear MS will only support the latest version of IE.  Unfortunately as a  company we have had to resort to using multiple browsers to support our users due to IE's inability to work with many of our third party applications and websites unless we either use compatibility mode or roll back IE versions.  Chrome seems to be the most compatible unless we are using it with an MS technology.  Browser wars all ove again….  Google will figure it out.

  73. Internet Exploder says:

    There will not be IE12 for Win7 SP1.

    windows.microsoft.com/…/lifecycle

    End of mainstream support

    January 13, 2015

    Basically MS is ensuring Win7 SP1 users will be stuck with outdated, obsolete IE11 until end of extended support on January 14, 2020.

  74. Maxim-064044 says:

    It is a pity … Why then produced DC for Windows 7? In addition, IE12 will be released in November, when there will not be released Windows 9 RTM, Windows 8.1 and five times less popular than Windows 7. You can not throw it prematurely to the dustbin of history! Give IE12 for Windows 7 SP1!

  75. The Visitors says:

    This is good, but I already want you to kill IE9.  But then again, I REALLY would pay good money for Internet Explorer to stick to web universal code standards.  It's still much easier to code for Firefox.

  76. noname aaa says:

    Please give me the translation contribution of a report one by one a little early except an English-language edition.

    Translation is slow each time.

  77. NumbStill says:

    @Максим-064044 –

    How do you know Internet Explorer will be released in November? Please, share links to official statements.

    If this is true, then Windows 7 will probably get Internet Explorer 12, because it will still be in mainstream support.

    @Internet Exploder –

    Generally, you have to factor in the market share, beside looking only at the support lifecycle.

    Windows Vista was still on mainstream support when Internet Explorer 10 was initially released (September, 2012, for Windows 8).

    If you only count the Windows 7 release (which only happened in February, 2013), then, yes, mainstream support has ended already at that point. Since Windows Vista had a pretty low market share (and only a month left of mainstream support), it was probably just not worth it.

    I am pretty sure the next Internet Explorer update (whether it would be like the April, 2014 update, or a new full blown version like 12) will be released for Windows 7. I am doubtful regarding the next version, though, which I guess will not be released for Windows 7.

  78. Maxim-064044 says:

    Suppose, finally, the official representative of the team IE12 will answer this burning question: "Will the IE12 work on Windows 7 SP1 or not?"

  79. User1 says:

    It's all very well MS dropping support for their older browsers (I don't blame them), we still have to support them – both now, and in the future.

    MS are either unable to produce a browser that works across multiple versions of their OS, or they simply don't want to (perhaps to encourage people to upgrade their OS). An out of date browser isn't a valid reason for an OS upgrade.

    Is it any wonder why the usage of IE, the "Notebook of browsers", is rapidly decreasing?

  80. Lun says:

    So how does this fit in with these tools you're offering? Maybe you should stop offering these too.

    http://www.microsoft.com/…/details.aspx

  81. Todd says:

    Perfect!  I finally have the justification I need to kill IE altogether and go with Chrome.  Thanks MSFT!

  82. Pete says:

    It means MS is going to screw over the users again!!!  You guys always have compatibility issues and the latest versions are nightmares for months or years!

  83. Bob says:

    So how exactly will this work? Surely there must be some kind of grace period? If this is exactly as they say, after 2016, when a new version is released, suddenly the old one is not supported and everyone has 1 day to migrate to the new one? That is crazy, considering the fact that it may not always be known when the new version is going to come out. Surely they will have to give 12 months or so to migrate from the old to the new version? This is going to cause Enterprise customers a huge problem, with constant IE upgrade projects. Way to go Microsoft.

  84. Versions says:

    When will we be able to stop worrying about the dozens of versions? Upgrade seamlessly like Chrome does and you won't have to worry about all of these caveats ..

  85. Rob da IT Guy says:

    The reason we have to run older versions of IE is because some websites, especially in certain industries, don't run on anything newer than IE9. Even with IE9, some sites won't work properly unless you set the encoding to IE7 or 8 even. By choice I'd run the latest and greatest with all the security patches.

  86. Jeff says:

    Awesome, even more incentive for folks to get off IE altogether. Next headline should read "Firefox & Chrome see sudden increase in corp adoption during Q4 2015"   Sad watching a company get so disconnected from reality.  Doesn't leave much hope that they will get a clue with Windows 9.

  87. Barrtrek says:

    Does anyone know which KB number is update to watch out for?

  88. update says:

    Internet Explorer 11

    update version:11.0.11

  89. yoshi says:

    Many people can't upgrade to IE11 on Win7 due to the issue of KB2670838.

    answers.microsoft.com/…/search

    Microsoft MUST provide patches for IE9 on Win7 until this issue will be resolved.

  90. __hAl__ says:

    @yoshi

    is that the solved issue (via hotfix) with the intel on board gfx and the AMD video cards?

    support.microsoft.com/…/2834140

  91. Rob says:

    To me I feel that Microsoft was trying to get users to upgrade their OS by not offering support for the newer versions of IE in the older versions of Windows, primarily to make a quick buck.  But that's just my thought.

    Personally I hope that all of the browser vendors could work together to make one amazing rendering engine to use across all of the web browsers so that web developers will be able to work more efficiently in creating their website once that will work across the lot of the web  browsers before even testing it in the different ones.

  92. Dave says:

    Well, it seems most people see this as a good thing.  My issue is that the website never seem to be ready for the new releases.  When IE11 came out, I had clients that could not do their banking for about a week, until the banks got their website updated.  I also have clients in the automotive industry and the manufacturers still have some applications that run only on IE9.  It may be a terrible, awful thing to us techies, but when a mechanic needs to program your car and can't because he is running IE11 and not IE9, then what?

    I think this announcement has some far reaching implications that will make some industry segments very difficult.

  93. Baby step says:

    Any step in that direction is good of course, but really I can't say I'm impressed with that half measure.

    What you should have done instead is releasing IE11 for all your supported versions of Windows (Windows Vista) and stop life support for any version of IE older than IE11.

    When will we get rid of that insanity that is IE9? In 2020!? Jesus…

  94. 127 says:

    @Baby step

    Vista / EOS Date is 11.04.2017

    Only Server 2008 (non R2) have same EOS Date like Server 2008 R2.

    But IE on Server OS should not really count.

  95. 127 says:

    much worse is that Server Server 2008 (non R2) is supported still for 6 years but do not support TLS 1.2

  96. γ‚ˆγ—. _ says:

    @__hAl__

    The issue still exists after applying 2834140. DWM crushes on start up and Aero is turned off.

    – Thinkpad R400 / Intel GMA 4500MHD

  97. Kees D says:

    Use Chrome and/or Firefox

  98. 127 says:

    we rolled out the  KB2670838 to ~2000 Clients without any Problem

    make sure you a new/latest VGA Driver (for each vga in System!)

    In worse case you could disable (also by GPO) the hardware Rendering for IE

  99. Dave says:

    We like Google Chrome because it has a spell checker.  Does IE 11 have a spell checker?  Our EMR software PrimeSUITE works best with IE8 so we are forced to use Google Chrome.

  100. Peter says:

    @Dave, IE has had a spell checker sinds at least IE10.

  101. Rubin says:

    you should just EOL the whole OS while you're at it …

  102. ken says:

    If they did decide to make ie11 available for all the old operating systems, then customers don't have to buy a new OS.

    SO … if there are security holes in your old operating systems and old browsers … folks are forced to upgrade (pay) for newer operating systems. And it makes life a lot easier for microsoft to keep up with less operating systems and less browser versions.

  103. santos martinez says:

    nesecito mejor sistema gracias

  104. dtupchurch says:

    While I wholeheartedly support upgrades, migrations and Microsoft's need to focus its efforts on less operating systems and browser versions (and always have), I find myself and my small business in a dilemma NOW with Windows Vista SP2 being partnered with IE Explorer 9 as its highest version available. I've already lost functionality on many websites.

    I purchased a Dell laptop with Windows Vista preinstalled on 8/12/2009. Considering the end dates of support for this operating system and version of IE, is it possible for Microsoft to make it so Windows Vista SP2 folks can be upgraded to IE version 10 or 11 so we can utilize the capabilities of the higher IE versions? Unless this is done, my only choice at this time is to remove IE as my browser in favor of Chrome, Safari or Firefox, which I prefer not to do. Many thanks for your consideration.