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Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer End of Life Dates

Windows - end of life I wrote about supporting Internet Explorer versions a couple of days ago but I neglected to mention a few things about the “end of life” dates.

I wrote what I knew to look for and didn’t bother to go any further with it. An interesting discovery: Microsoft stated it will no longer support anything but the latest IE version for a specific Windows version after January 11, 2016 (yes, next month). That means any IE version lower than 9 won’t be supported on the desktop.

I can’t wait.

End of Life References

Both Google and Microsoft irritate the heck out of me. Both of them have a habit of moving things around on their own web properties. The references I’m going to point you to may move without me knowing about it. Checking for broken links will probably be the only way I’ll find out. Anyway…

The Windows lifecycle fact sheet tells us when Microsoft will stop supporting particular versions of Windows – their end of life dates. Windows XP is dead. Windows Vista and Windows 7 are both on life support.

The Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ tells us about IE support. The chart becomes effective on January 12, 2016.

Why Do People Refuse to Upgrade?

My server logs show me a lot of fake user agents. I can’t really do anything about it without blocking the IP addresses they come from and I don’t want to do that.

Some of the fake user agents say they’re still using various Windows versions and various Internet Explorer versions. I block user agents with MSIE 6 or less. I block operating systems lower than Windows XP. Eventually, I’ll start blocking more.

Some people have no choice. My server logs show me a lot of IP addresses in the Philippines using IE 7. Why? Because the Internet cafes those people go to haven’t upgraded anything in years. End of life dates mean nothing to the owners of those Internet cafes until their stuff stops working.


RT Cunningham
December 5, 2015