Microsoft has ended all technical support and security updates for the older versions of its Internet Explorer browser. Currently 20% of web traffic takes place on versions 8, 9 and 10 of the browser, with only 55% of Internet Explorer users using the latest version.
Around 340 million people still rely on older versions of the IE browser and customers are encouraged "to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience." The older browsers will now be more likely to be hit by hackers and cyber attacks, so it's worth updating to keep your devices secure.
However, upgrading to the most recent version of Internet Explorer isn't catch-free, as many website and online services are designed to work with specific versions of the browser.
NetMarketShare estimates that Internet Explorer accounts for 57% of the browser market, compared with 25% for Chrome, 12% for Firefox and 5% for Apple's Safari. Microsoft has been warning users of the upgrade for some time, but will user actually make the switch to the latest version of IE or will it draw them to rival browsers?
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