Microsoft slashes IE support, sets ‘huge’ edict for Jan. 2016

Company makes another move that will complicate the lives of its best customers: enterprisesie-logo

Hard on the heels of a decision to step up the frequency of Windows updates, Microsoft on Thursday announced it would give customers 17 months to stop using older versions of Internet Explorer (IE), including the most popular of them all, IE8.

The decision will further complicate enterprises’ use of Microsoft’s software, analysts said.

“This is huge,” said Michael Silver of Gartner. “IE has been one of the biggest inhibitors if not the biggest inhibitor preventing organizations from moving to Windows 7 and Windows 8. I’ve spoken to organizations that said they’d have deployed Windows 8 if they didn’t have to upgrade IE. This is another way Microsoft is trying to persuade, or force, organizations to keep current. For some organizations, like those in regulated industries, that’s really difficult.”