It’s the end of the road for Windows 8, Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

It’s the end of the road for Window 8.0 and Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10. With Microsoft ending support on them today it’s time to upgrade or make the job of hackers a whole lot easier.

End of support for Windows 8 and IE means there will be no more security updates, or updates, via Windows Update and technical support from Microsoft is now off the table. IE 11 will, however, continue to be supported, and Microsoft recommends first upgrading to IE 11 before removing IE 8, 9, or 10. Windows 8.1 , which came out more than two years ago, will continue to be supported until January 10, 2023.

If you haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, or made the move to Windows 10, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 48 million computers were running Windows 8 (that’s 12% of devices) and Windows XP (which reached the end of it’s supported life back in April 2014)  is still used on a comparatively massive 10% of computers.