Earlier this month, Microsoft ended its support for older versions of Internet Explorer, including 8, 9, and 19. Support ended on the 12th.
On the 11th, we looked at a survey from Manta, which found that a whopping 61% of small business owners who use Internet Explorer were still using version 10 or older.
Google announced on Wednesday that it is ending its support for these older versions as well, when it comes to AdWords. In a Google+ post, the company said:
We want to provide you with the best AdWords experience possible. To do so, we focus on optimizing AdWords for the latest versions of your web browser. Starting on March 7th, 2016, AdWords will only support Internet Explorer 11. If you use Internet Explorer 10 to access AdWords, we recommend you upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer or any of these supported web browsers to avoid a loss in AdWords functionality.
Of course this isn't the only pressing reason to update to the latest version. Only 11 will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
As Microsoft said, "Internet Explorer 11 offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the web standards that power today’s websites and services. Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience."
If you don't upgrade, you're setting yourself up to be victim to malware and other exploitation.
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