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Microsoft has a great new web browser for Windows 10 called “Edge,” which means its legacy web browser is slowly being phased out.
According to the company's website, only the latest version of Internet Explorer, which has been one of the world’s most popular web browsers over the last two decades, will continue getting support after next Tuesday, January 12. That means older versions of Internet Explorer, including versions 8, 9 and 10, will no longer get any updates or support after that date.
Internet Explorer 11 is the most recent and final version of Internet Explorer — if you own any of the older versions of IE, we recommend you update as soon as you can, since the lack of future security updates in the older versions could lead to severe vulnerabilities in that program over time. For your own safety, we recommend either updating or trying another web browser entirely, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
If you own a PC running Windows 10, however, we really do recommend you switch over to Edge. Not only is it significantly faster than Google Chrome in a lot of key areas, but it will also soon support browser extensions (unlike IE) and works with Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana to help you search and navigate the web. Edge also works with Microsoft Pen so you can take notes right on the browser pages. You can learn more about Microsoft Edge here.