Internet Explorer support life cycle from Microsoft

Richard Turner <richardturner42@...>

FYI.  The link to the full page is at the end.

NOTE: This FAQ was updated on January 30, 2019. 


What is the Lifecycle Policy for Internet Explorer?

Internet Explorer is a component of the Windows operating system and follows the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed. A component is defined as a set of files or features that are included with a Microsoft product, whether it is shipped with the product, included in a product service pack or update, or later made available as a web download for the product.

The Microsoft Lifecycle policy continues to provide a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support and a minimum of five years of Extended Support for Business and Developer products, and the Windows operating system.

Compared with older versions of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 11 offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and greater support for modern web technologies. Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay current with the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience.

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system receives technical support and security updates, as shown in the following table:

 Windows Desktop Operating Systems

 Internet Explorer Version

 Windows Vista SP2 *

 Internet Explorer 9

 Windows 7 SP1

 Internet Explorer 11

 Windows 8.1 Update

 Internet Explorer 11

 Windows 10**

 Internet Explorer 11

*Windows Vista SP2 reached end of support on January 12, 2016. 

**Windows 10 features Microsoft Edge. Microsoft recommends using Microsoft Edge as your default browser and supports Internet Explorer 11 for backward compatibility. 








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