Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 is no longer supported


Microsoft ended its support for the company’s Windows 7 operating system last week officially. While Enterprise and business customers may extend support by up to three years, it is no longer supported for Home users and customers who don’t purchase support extensions.

The new Microsoft Edge web browser that is based on Chromium has been released for Windows 7 at a surprising time; it was released one day after Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 and the company revealed already that it will continue to support the browser for the foreseeable future on Windows 7.

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Windows 7 users who prefer Internet Explorer 11 — is there anyone that does? — may download the latest version of the web browser from the Microsoft website. A visit to the download page brings a surprising revelation: Internet Explorer 11 is no longer support unlike Edge which continues to be supported.

Microsoft modified the download page on January 15, 2020, the day the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser was released and one day after support of Windows 7 ended officially.

The company states on the download page:

If you’re running Windows 7, the latest version of Internet Explorer that you can install is Internet Explorer 11. However, Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported on Windows 7. Instead, we recommend you install the new Microsoft Edge. The new Microsoft Edge was built to bring you the best of the web, with more control and more privacy as you browse.

While it is still possible to download 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft does not fail to highlight a second time that Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported.

The end of support notification leads to an interesting question: will Microsoft fix the recently discovered security vulnerability in Internet Explorer 11 for systems running Windows 7?

Considering that Internet Explorer 11 is still used, especially in corporate environments, and that Microsoft extended support for paying Enterprise and business customers, it is fairly certain that the vulnerability will be fixed. The big question is whether the patch will be available for unsupported versions of Windows 7 or if it will be reserved for systems subscribed to the Extended Security Updates program.

Now You: do you still run Internet Explorer? (via Deskmodder)

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