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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 18:31

Microsoft is finally killing support for old versions of Internet Explorer

A little more like Chrome

 

Microsoft is planning to force Windows users onto the latest supported versions of Internet Explorer. The change will take effect on January 12th, 2016, meaning Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will need to be running Internet Explorer 11 to continue receiving updates. If Internet Explorer 12 or even version 13 debuts before January 12th, 2016 and it supports Windows 7 and Windows 8, then those users will need to upgrade to the very latest. Microsoft’s change means Internet Explorer 8 and 10 will no longer be supported on consumer versions of Windows after January 12th, 2016.

 

"Only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates," after January 12th, 2016, explains Microsoft’s Roger Capriotti. Alongside Microsoft’s automatic IE upgrades, the software maker appears to be finally moving to a model that’s closer to Google’s Chrome upgrades where only the latest version is fully supported.

 

This is a welcome move for consumers, but it could cause issues for enterprise IT admins who will need to manage IE updates on a much more timely basis. Microsoft is suggesting businesses make use of Internet Explorer 11’s Enterprise Mode for backwards compatibility and legacy web apps support. Web developers can rejoice though, one day in the future they'll no longer have to support multiple versions of Internet Explorer if Microsoft manages to streamline this across its future Windows versions.

 

Source: The Verge




#2 Dot Matrix

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 18:37

THANK. GOD. TO **** WITH IE8 AND LAZY ADMINS WHO CAN'T UPGRADE THEIR STUFF.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 18:48

THANK. GOD. TO **** WITH IE8 AND LAZY ADMINS WHO CAN'T UPGRADE THEIR STUFF.

 

blame ISV's for a lot of it..... How many programs that we have to use require a specific version of IE, and ONLY IE... just because they don't want to test newer versions yet...



#4 +techbeck

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 18:52

THANK. GOD. TO **** WITH IE8 AND LAZY ADMINS WHO CAN'T UPGRADE THEIR STUFF.

 

Thanks for all caps.  Appreciate it.  And it isnt just about lazy admins that cannot upgrade their stuff.  There is cost involved that has to be approved by VPs/managers, there is a lot of testing/planning...and more.  For a lot of cases, it isnt just as simple as installing an upgrade and walking away.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 18:53

blame ISV's for a lot of it..... How many programs that we have to use require a specific version of IE, and ONLY IE... just because they don't want to test newer versions yet...

you're just proving Dot's point of lazy admins

 

many devs for a long while have been pushing for apps to end version/browser specific dependencies but many more lazy enterprise admins/IT are refusing to comply because "it'd be too much work"


Thanks for all caps.  Appreciate it.  And it isnt just about lazy admins that cannot upgrade their stuff.  There is cost involved that has to be approved by VPs/managers, there is a lot of testing/planning...and more.  For a lot of cases, it isnt just as simple as installing an upgrade and walking away.

no you're right, it's not that simple. but that still doesn't excuse not even attempting to improve things



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 18:57

you're just proving Dot's point of lazy admins

 

many devs for a long while have been pushing for apps to end version/browser specific dependencies but many more lazy enterprise admins/IT are refusing to comply because "it'd be too much work"


no you're right, it's not that simple. but that still doesn't excuse not even attempting to improve things

 

Attempting is a different thing.  If no attempts were made, then the company/person gets what they get.  But the comment I was replying to said nothing about attempts. 



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 18:58

Attempting is a different thing.  If no attempts were made, then the company/person gets what they get.  But the comment I was replying to said nothing about attempts. 

fair enough



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 18:59

Thanks for all caps.  Appreciate it.

Sorry, but I couldn't help but cheer on the news. IE8 is the new XP, and I can't flipping stand supporting it anymore. It drive me nuts when users complain because our own corporate website doesn't even support it anymore, but yet here were are not upgrading thanks to legacy crap that should have been abandoned in 2006. That's BS.



#9 +techbeck

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 19:06

Sorry, but I couldn't help but cheer on the news. IE8 is the new XP, and I can't flipping stand supporting it anymore. It drive me nuts when users complain because our own corporate website doesn't even support it anymore, but yet here were are not upgrading thanks to legacy crap that should have been abandoned in 2006. That's BS.

 

Should have and being able to do so are completely different things.   At my work, we have old machines running test software for the equipment we run.  To upgrade the equipment and the software, it will cost millions.  It isnt as easy and pushing out an update.  Plans are in the works, slowly, to upgrade the systems but will not happen overnight.  Where we can deploy IE11, we are but will not happen organization wide.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 19:11

Should have and being able to do so are completely different things.

Now they have a year and a half to upgrade. :D



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 19:17

Now they have a year and a half to upgrade. :D

 

Yes, but a lot of companies will always have this problem.  Companies cannot keep up with technology whether it be money related, or time and resources.  Why lots of businesses skip every other version of Windows and Office.  Or use machines until they cannot handle the load anymore, or just die.  In a perfect world, everyone will always be up to date.  But that isnt the case.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 19:32

I'm stuck on IE9 because of the bug with KB2670838 which causes dllhost to eat up all your RAM if Windows Explorer tries to display thumbnails for 3d videos.

 

The bug has been known for ages but it still hasn't been fixed. The only workaround is to uninstall KB2670838 but doing this reverts IE to version 9.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 21:06

the death of IE6 and any support related to it cannot come any faster



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 03:19

the death of IE6 and any support related to it cannot come any faster

I am still in disbelief that in 2014 there are people or even businesses using ie6.... It's just unbelievable.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 03:31

I am still in disbelief that in 2014 there are people or even businesses using ie6.... It's just unbelievable.

Sadly doesn't surprise me in the least.. occasionally run into client machines that never updated. (I mean it's only been 7 years since it was replaced.. not enough time right?) Worrisome though.. still has what, 3-4% market share? With about a billion and a half Windows systems out there, that's still a pretty good number of targets to mess with, especially when you throw on unfixed vulnerabilities from the dead OS it's running on.