Microsoft ends support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

On January 12, 2016, Microsoft officially ended technical support and security updates for Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, and 10. Its users have been encouraged to upgrade to IE 11, or switch browsers, in order to avoid security risks.

"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," warned the software giant.

Microsoft will only be updating IE 11 from now on, which means if you're running IE 10 or older you'll have to move on.

“Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10,” the company said.

You can easily upgrade to IE 11 by downloading the installer from Microsoft, or by simply updating your system. Both ways should work whether you're moving from IE 8, 9 or 10.

​If you don’t want to upgrade to another version of IE, or you’re open to trying a new web browser, you can always opt for one of the popular alternatives, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.