The Microsoft Company Store is a dedicated online outlet that primarily caters to the needs of the company's employees and alumni by allowing them to buy merchandise at discounted prices. The Store offers a variety of products including apparel, accessories, stationery, and other miscellaneous items. That said, it is not limited to Microsoft's own staff only and general visitors can purchase merchandise from the Store as well.
However, it now appears that the online website will not be accessible via some older browsers, including Internet Explorer 10, after September 1.
An "urgent" notice on the website states that after a planned security update, some older browsers including Internet Explorer 10 will no longer be able to reach the Microsoft Company Store.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 was made available in September 2012 and while the announcement indicates that older browsers will not be supported too, it is rather interesting to see that the Safari browser in iOS 5 is explicitly marked as supported, even though the operating system was introduced in 2011.
That said, it is important to note that the decision comes from Microsoft Company Store's hosting provider eCompanyStore, rather than the Redmond giant itself. After September 1, the following "minimum browsers" will be supported:
- Microsoft Edge
- Internet Explorer 11, released in 2013
- Google Chrome 22, released in 2012
- Mozilla Firefox 27, released in 2013
- Safari 7, released in 2013
- iOS 5, released in 2011
The detailed announcement notes that the purpose of the security update is enhanced protection for online customers "protected by the latest standards" of browser security.